Culinary Department Receives Highest External Accreditation Level

LATTC's very talented Culinary Team

LA Trade-Tech’s Culinary Arts and Professional Baking Programs, under the direction of Certified Executive Chef Steve Kasmar, has received a  7 year grant of accreditation for our existing programs, and a 5 year grant of accreditation for our new programs from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC).  The ACFEFAC is the national accrediting commission for culinary and pastry education programs, such as that of LA Trade-Tech’s postsecondary culinary department, defined as those programs awarding bachelor degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts.

Chef Kasmar

The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation

(ACFEF) requires a self study for each program seeking accreditation and puts forth a set of educational competencies that a program seeking accreditation must meet or exceed.  These competencies are industry standards that the ACFEF feels a graduating student must know to be successful in the industry.  LATTC’s faculty took an external look at our programs, classes, student SLO’s and assessment of these classes.  The process for the external accreditation took two years!

At the end of the stretch, during the exit interview, the evaluators commented on how well our course outlines were, and how integrated the class SLO’s and objectives of the curriculum were put forth by our faculty.  Faculty Programs must be postsecondary and authorized as such under applicable state law or comparable government unit to be qualified for this level of accreditation.  The ACFEFAC is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and we are so very proud of our Culinary Team.

We congratulate all of you for your hard work and achievement!