Program Overview

Tour of our Kitchens and Labs

Our Hospitality Departmental Goals Include:


  • Making students college or career ready at program completion.
  • Making stackable industry recognized certifications and certificates available and embedded within course content.
  • Making post-secondary education as affordable as possible to students by providing college credits by articulation agreements, dual enrollment programming and available community/department scholarship funds.
  • Providing opportunities for students to exit the program as completers for the State of Michigan and have completed the required knowledge and competencies at a proficient or advanced level.
  • To continue to reduce the footprint of the Hospitality Department and to have students understand the importance in running a green kitchen.
Our Hospitality Program, by the numbers

In the 2017-18 school year, 67 hospitality students had program completer* status based on the State of Michigan 12.0500 CIP code curriculum requirements. In addition, 3 students were certified by the American Culinary Federation as Certified Fundamentals Culinarians (CFC) and 2 were Certified Fundamentals Pastry Cooks (CFPC).

Thirty (30) Students received their national ServSafe Certification from the National Restaurant Association and Twenty one (21) received their ServSafe Allergens Certification.  Sixteen (16) students completed their Ferris State University certificate for Food and Restaurant Industry Management, Catering Management and/or Culinary Management. One Hundred Fourteen (114) students passed the Michigan State Cooperative Extension Service & Kent County Health Departments course Food Safety Training for Food Service Workers.

Students self-reporting of industry job placement as of May, 2018 indicated a high demand for students in the local hospitality industry.** The largest amount of community-donated dollars were available to student completers. Additionally, two students were awarded scholarship funds given by Johnson & Wales University. Sixteen (16) students received departmental scholarships for Post-Secondary education.

*A student program completer is defined by the State of Michigan as an individual who has completed all twelve State approved segment of approved curriculum with a C or better grade. **As reported by students for State of Michigan requirement including military placement.