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Food Service Management Trainee

Career Studies Certificate

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Love everything about food but cooking? Consider this degree

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If you dream of working with food but don’t feel cut out to be a chef, consider a future in food service management. Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Food Service Management Trainee program will prepare you for a fulfilling career in an industry where there’s always a need for customer-oriented employees.

As a student in our program, you’ll build a foundation in applied nutrition, sanitation and safety, food purchasing and supervision in the hospitality industry – a wide range that will give you the skills to succeed in this dynamic field.

There’s no shortage of jobs in food service, either. The restaurant and foodservice industry is the United States’ second-largest private-sector employer. It employs more than 13 million people, or 10 percent of the U.S. workforce, according to Restaurant Week.

Start working toward your future today by completing your career studies certificate.

Go further

Apply all your credits toward TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Food Service Management Trainee consists of 2 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Virginia Beach Campus.

Estimated Program Cost*:
28 credits x $185.35 per credit = $5,189.80 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Graduates are prepared for management trainee programs in the food service industries, including restaurants, catering and hotel and motel food services. While you may find immediate employment, you can work toward TCC’s 66-credit Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management with a Specialization in Food Service Management.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • enjoy working with people of all backgrounds
  • are detail-oriented
  • don’t mind weekend/holiday hours
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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Field trips and guest speakers give real-world perspective

Learn in TCC’s 30-seat hospitality computer lab on the Virginia Beach Campus

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Scholarships are available through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation