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College credits for culinary skills event June 29

June 16, 2016

Experienced culinary professionals can turn what they know into college credits at an upcoming credit for prior learning event at 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, at Nicolet College.

cuinary arts“This is a great way for anyone with significant restaurant or other culinary arts experience to get a pretty big jump start on earning a college credential in the field,” said Patrick Burns, Nicolet College career coach. “This can save people both time and money. They won’t have to attend classes to learn what they already know.”

Prospective students attending the event will tour Nicolet’s professional-grade kitchen, learn about the program, and meet one-on-one with Nicolet staff to review each individual’s experience, skills, and background.

If it’s determined an individual has a good likelihood of earning credit for past experience, arrangements will be made for individuals to potentially test out of and earn credit for specific classes. Those who test out of classes will pay only 25 percent of the normal tuition for the associated credits.

Prospective students are encouraged to email their resume before the event to They can also bring their resume with them on June 29, along with a portfolio, if they have one.

“A college credential is a valuable seal of approval in the industry and can open up a lot more doors to advance in the field,” Burns added.

Nicolet’s Culinary Arts program features six short-term training certificates that include Baking, Catering, Kitchen Management, Kitchen Assistant, Food Service Management, and Culinary Career Essentials.

Credits from all certificates can be applied to the one-year technical diploma, which ladders into Nicolet’s two-year associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. Nicolet also has a credit transfer agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Stout for anyone interested in transferring to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Those who attend the event and enroll will have both the application and Accuplacer assessment fees waived, a $50 value.

For more information, contact Burns at (715) 365-4464, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4464; TTY 1-800-947-3529, ext. 4464, or by email at

Click here for more information about the college’s Culinary Arts program.