The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education is:
Crisp white coats. Precision steel blades. Racks of spotless stainless cookware.
The tools of the trade you have chosen are waiting for that spark of passion and creativity you will bring to each class. When art converges with science, when talent melds with technique, those sparks create bright futures. It's a well-kept secret that GRCC's Secchia Institute is one of the finest culinary schools in the United States.
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Prerequisites and Minimum Grade Requirements Notice
Prior to Culinary classes:
- Math 095 or Equivalent (40 or above on Accuplacer/18 or above on math portion of ACT).
- EN 101 or BA 101 (C- or better)
Grade Requirements for all Culinary classes:
- You must earn a C or better to pass a culinary class.
The mission of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College is to prepare students for successful careers in the hospitality field by providing superior theoretical and hands-on education in the classical and modern culinary arts.
ACF Culinarians Code
As a proud member of the American Culinary Federation, I pledge to share my professional knowledge and skill with all culinarians. I will place honor, fairness, cooperation and consideration first when dealing with my colleagues. I will keep all comments professional and respectful when dealing with my colleagues. I will protect all members from the use of unfair means, unnecessary risks and unethical behavior when used against them for another’s personal gain. I will support the success, growth, and future of my colleagues and this great federation.
S.I.C.E. Professional Philosophy
Our philosophy of occupational education is to combine our professional experiences, education and understanding of the hospitality industry field and to present them in comprehensive form to the students. Our emphasis is on:
- Presenting a realistic picture of the food service industry and to introduce various occupations one may wish to access within the field.
- The student developing a personal pride in his/her work and maintaining a high standard of professionalism.
- Demonstrating the relationship between the individual needs of each student and the overall demands of the industry.
- Offering a balanced education through theoretical and practical exposure.
- Assisting with individual placement, job orientation in order to allow a well-adjusted pursuit of career goals, job satisfaction and service to our community.
- Occupational education should be made available to those who need, want, and can profit by it. The student who is motivated to learn and prepared to succeed, will be the student who does succeed.