Healthy Meals, Fit For Life
The project's purpose is to develop a model program in Culinary Arts blending food science and nutritional education with community needs, health, wellness and service-learning.
The project aims to increase students' knowledge and skill in the science/art of preparing nutritionally sound food for targeted groups (e.g. school meal programs, healthcare facilities, elderly, those in poverty) and/or providing adequate nutrition for special needs populations (e.g. diabetics, heart patients, obesity, infants). Partnerships with community organizations in need of such services (e.g. Albuquerque Public Schools Nutritional Services, Roadrunner Food Bank, Meals on Wheels) provide real-world service learning opportunities. CNM, a Hispanic Serving Institution, seeks to attract students from underrepresented groups and produce graduates capable of enhancing the state's and nation's nutrition/health. The proposed project offers students viable career pathways in the food sciences and a Dietary Manager Certificate of Completion.
Dietary Manager Certificate
The Dietary Manager Certificate of Completion will educate students on the principles and practices related to the administration of food services for public and private institutional settings. The program will include instruction in human nutrition, food safety, the design and organization of food service systems, purchasing and personal management. Students who complete the certificate are eligible to earn two credentials, Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP), by taking a national certification exam offered by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals.