HCCC creates certificate program in culinary business innovation

Hudson County Community College has started a new academic certificate program in culinary business innovation, it announced Monday.

The college said in a news release that the new program is aimed at career-oriented individuals who want to improve employment opportunities or start a business utilizing their culinary talents.

“The culinary industry has been especially hard-hit during the pandemic, and this certificate program prepares students to navigate current and anticipated business challenges in the industry,” HCCC President Chris Reber said in a prepared statement. “This certificate program will assist those currently working in the industry to advance their careers, and will provide those starting a culinary enterprise with the business background that is essential for success.”

The 30-credit program takes two semesters, and is aligned with the curricular requirements for an Associate of Applied Science degree in hospitality management with the entrepreneur option. Subjects include everything from accounting and marketing to culinary and entrepreneurial skills.

Participants also will earn a Servsafe Food Manager Certification.