Information for Culinary Arts Students

After reviewing this information, please sign the Acknowledgement Form (PDF) and upload it to your application in the Admissions and Financial Aid portal.

Please contact Cynthia Litzenberger at clitzenberger@northampton.edu in the Culinary Arts Department if you have any questions about this information.

Before Registering for Culinary Arts (CULA) Classes:

Essential Functions
Completing the Culinary Arts program will entail physical, emotional, and psychological demands related to professional training and employment in the food industry. To be successful in the program, you must be able to demonstrate essential functions including, but not limited to, motor skills and communication skills, with or without reasonable accommodations.

Culinary Arts Course Schedule
Culinary Arts is a Full Time Cohort model program with semesters starting three (3) times during the year: Fall (August), Spring (January), and Summer (May). During your first (1) and second (2) semester, classes run Monday through Friday with a start time of between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM and concluding at various times but no later than 2:30 PM. Semester three (3) is a late afternoon-evening shift with classes running between 3:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

Culinary Arts Course Registration
Culinary Arts (CULA) classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Work with your assigned Navigator (Academic Advisor) to sign up for classes as soon as possible after registration opens.

After Registering for Culinary Arts (CULA) Classes:

ServSafe© Manager Certification
ServSafe© Manager is a hospitality industry certification that you must have before the first day of Culinary Arts (CULA) classes. Certification courses and proctored testing are available through the NCC Center for Business and Industry (click on Hospitality Careers to browse catalogues for upcoming classes). NCC will schedule ServSafe© classes in advance of the next semester.

Proof of ServSafe© Manager Certification
The Culinary Arts Department will contact you prior to the start of the semester with instructions for submitting a copy of your certification. If you have already certified as a ServSafe Manager your certification must be valid during the year you take your courses. If you see it will expire sooner than your graduation date you will need to recertify.

Culinary Arts Orientation
The Culinary Arts Department will contact you prior to the start of the semester to attend a program orientation to review departmental policies and procedures.

Culinary Arts Health Form
The Culinary Arts Department will contact you prior to the start of the semester with instructions for submitting a health form to document your medical history, a current medical examination, and report of immunizations and tests.

Additional Information
This program requires some out of pocket expenses that are not included in your tuition fee. You will need to purchase two (2) complete Chef's uniform, Non-Skid Kitchen Shoes, Culinary Knife Kit, textbooks, notebooks, pens and pencils, and lab fee. Please check with Financial Aid to see if any of the items are covered in your assistance package.