American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Apprenticeship Program with the U.S. Army

Posted by Chad Aleshire - On September 25, 2012 (EST)

As we enter week five of our Trailblazer and Innovator Spotlight series we take a look at the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s (ACFEF) apprenticeship program with the U.S. Army.  The U.S. Army - American Culinary Federation partnership was highlighted during our “OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate Education and Action Summit in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.

In 2010, the ACFEF National Standards for the program were approved and registered with the U.S. Department of Labor.  This partnership began as an effort to raise the level of foodservice training opportunities available to U.S. soldiers.  The program now has more than 500 soldiers currently enrolled and operates in five pilot installations. The apprenticeship program is expected to be offered Army-wide in the near future.  The program, known as the 92G Credentialing Apprenticeship program, offers on-the-job training and related instruction that leads to certification with the ACF.  

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) was founded in 1929 in New York City and has always focused on promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.  In 1976 they were able to elevate the position of the executive chef from service status to the professional category in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Official Titles.  Today, ACF is the largest professional chef’s organization in North America, with more than 20,000 members across the United States.

At the August 1, National Education and Action Summit, the partnership was represented by Kristy Nelson, MNM, Director of Education and Professional Development for ACF; and Mark Warren, CEC, AAC, for the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence SGM at the U.S. Army.  Ms. Nelson and Mr. Warren accepted a Certificate of Recognition as a Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator presented by John Ladd, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, and Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

“The fact that the partnership between the U.S. Army and ACF has been recognized is truly momentous,” said CW5 David Longstaff, CEC, AAC, U.S. Army Foodservice Advisor. “It validates the efforts of the U.S. Army and ACF, through this partnership, to train and certify soldiers within the foodservice program.”

For more on the ACFEF-U.S. Army apprenticeship program, we encourage you to download and share the American Culinary Federation Education Fund / U.S. Army Apprenticeship program fact sheet Also be sure to visit for more on apprenticeship opportunities.   

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