Certified Chef Apprenticeship : Emily Griffith Technical College

Certified Chef Apprenticeship

If you are interested in working your way up in the Culinary industry, a certified chef apprenticeship is a cost-effective way to earn your education.

What does it mean to be a certified chef? If you are interested in working your way up through the culinary industry becoming a Certified Sous Chef is an important stepping stone if you want to become an Executive Chef. 

In the Certified Chef apprenticeship, you’ll work at a sponsoring restaurant while completing 4,000 hours of hands-on work hours with a sponsoring chef.  You will attend class only one night a week. The Certified Chef apprenticeship program is certified by the American Culinary Federation. The program costs $7,000 but some sponsor restaurants offer tuition assistance, plus you’ll be earning a wage while you learn.

Requirements: If you are interested in the Certified Chef apprenticeship, you must be 17 years or older with a high school diploma or GED. 

Want more information? Get the Apprenticeship Program Flyer. 

Where can you start your Certified Chef apprenticeship? 

Emily Griffith Technical College has partnered with a number of different unions and trade organizations to offer apprenticeship programs. 

If you are interested in the Certified Chef Apprenticeship, please reach out to one of the partners listed below to learn how to get started. 

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“Emily Griffith is a good place to study,” says Gabriella. “Teachers are very nice and they help you all of the time when you have questions.”

Gabriella Montes has wanted to be a nurse ever since she was a little girl. She moved to Colorado when she was 11 from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. When one of her brothers got sick a few years ago, she gave him one of her kidneys. “Helping him then and in the future is one of my biggest motivations for becoming an LPN,” explains Gabriella. 

She has been working in healthcare in a variety of roles. She completed training in Medical Bilingual Assisting with Pima Medical Institute as well as Nurse Assisting with Lutheran Family Services. She has work experience as a bilingual Medical Assistant and a phlebotomist, and she currently works as a CNA. But she still wanted to become a full-fledged nurse. 

A friend recommended the Practical Nursing program at Emily Griffith, but she needed some help with the reading and math tests. So she took classes in our Adult Education program. 

“Emily Griffith is a good place to study,” says Gabriella. “Teachers are very nice and they help you all of the time when you have questions.”

There’s also a special place called the Student Success Center where everybody can study. That’s where she goes to study extra hours before class starts.

Gabriella recently passed the math test to get into the LPN program thanks to the help she received through the Adult Education program. She says it has been challenging to balance work, family, and school but she says, “It’s not easy but with time and dedication, you can do it!” 

Her advice to other students? “Don’t let anyone stop you!” 

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