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Turnip the Beat: CVTC Culinary Program Gains Accreditation

student-run restaurant opens for curbside pickup

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

TURN UP THE BEET. The culinary program at CVTC is officially accredited, meaning it fulfills the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation's national standards.
CHOPPED: VALLEY EDITION. The culinary program at CVTC is officially accredited, meaning it fulfills the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation's national standards.

Culinary Management is one of two newly accredited programs at Chippewa Valley Technical College, meaning it fulfills the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s national standards. It began the process of accreditation in 2018, with its other accredited program – Machine Tooling Technics.

Accreditation creates public trust by showing we have established standards and have outside professionals validating what we are doing.

Jonathan fike

ChEf Culinary instructor, Chippewa Valley technical college

“Accreditation creates public trust by showing we have established standards and have outside professionals validating what we are doing,” said Jonathan Fike, chef instructor in a press release. “Now students who complete the associate degree program will automatically have the base level certification through the American Culinary Federation without having to take the test.” 

The accreditation process involved on-site inspections by three outside chefs, who interviewed students, parents, and advisory committee members, Fike said. CVTC's student-run restaurant, 620 West, reopened for curbside pickup on Sept. 16. The CVTC Culinary Program has also launched Advanced Culinary Popups every week on Wednesday, featuring new international foods every time.

More information about the program can be found at www.cvtc.edu