Marlborough – Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in Worcester is partnering with the Marlborough Senior Center to offer a new certificate in Hospitality & Dietary Management for the spring semester. The program will provide students with hands-on experience to allow them to jumpstart their career in just one year. It will be at the Marlborough Senior Center, with classes on site as well as instruction in food preparation and menu planning. Registration is now open.
“There is a real need for food service workers,” said Patricia Hutchinson, hospitality program coordinator at QCC. “Whether in schools, restaurants, hospitals, hotels or senior centers, it is a career in high demand. This will provide an authentic experience for our students.”
The new senior center adjacent to Ward Park opened in March 2015 and has a professional-grade kitchen.
At the center, Hutchinson said, there will be a set monthly menu for lunch Monday through Friday, and there are plans to provide continental breakfast. She said they also will provide catering for meetings and events, so students will gain experience in planning menus, budgeting and staffing.
“I’m very excited about this partnership between Quinsigamond Community College and the city of Marlborough,” Mayor Arthur Vigeant said. “For Marlborough, this collaboration will result in an incredible meals program at our Senior Center. For the students at QCC, it means they will get important, real world experience and on the job training.”
The program will assist graduates in preparing to enter the field and meet the requirements for professional certification through the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals. Upon completion of this one-year educational program, graduates will be eligible for certification, immediate employment and/or continuing education in the fast-growing field of dietary management.
For more information, visit www.qcc.edu.