Culinary students meeting with the chef

Advising Information

Advising and Registration Note:

There is Program Registration and Sequencing Information in the SICE Organization in your Blackboard.  Also reference the FAQ sheet for curriculum registration and recent changes.

Advising Day for Current SICE Students

Please stay tuned for our upcoming advising days. SICE faculty is happy to meet regarding your academic plan, advice on classes, questions on the program, etc.

If you are in a laboratory class, please meet with your professor of that class for academic advising.

Secchia Institute Advising Plan

As you prepare to embark on your culinary career at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education here at Grand Rapids Community College there are a few preliminary steps that will aid in your planning. Please take advantage of all the resources available to you as they are laid out in the following plan. This will help you be successful, and allow you to stay on track with your educational goals. 

Step One

Step one is to take a tour of the facilities within our department so you can fully appreciate that you will be part of a state-of-the-art facility. This will also allow you to meet some of the current students in their educational environment and meet the world class instructors that will be teaching you. Tours for prospective students are available on Fridays during the school year and Wednesdays during the summer session in May. Check for dates and times for the tours and sign up using the form or contact Marcia Arp at (616) 234-3690 or to schedule the tour. During the tour you will also learn about the college services, scholarships, curriculum, and academic requirements that are available while at Grand Rapids Community College.  

Step Two

The second step is to follow the steps to become a student at GRCC.  If needed, have your transcripts sent to Student Records at GRCC to have them evaluated.  Student Records will send to the department if a department evaluation is needed.

You can view Financial Aid information to help with your planning.

Step Three

Once you have applied and have been admitted to the college, take a GRCC New Student Orientation.

Step Four

Step four is your SICE Orientation meeting which occurs just before your first SICE class (CA 111 or CA 140 or CA 209). You will get an invitation from the department.  This event will include:

  • SICE Departmental Handbook (responsibilities and expectations of SICE students),
  • Uniform and cutlery kit procedures,
  • How to care for your chef’s uniforms and cutlery kits, 
  • Question and answer session at the end.

Once you have established yourself in the program, take advantage of your chef advisor that has been assigned to you.  Arrange meetings as needed. They will help you with class scheduling, Career Coaching, co-op advising, skill building and MyDegreePath training. Take part in as many clubs and activities that are available to you.  This will help you adjust to college life and build a solid base for your future career.   

Students in Laboratory Class:*

  • Students in a culinary laboratory class should meet with their laboratory professor for advising.
  • There is Program Registration and Sequencing Information in the SICE Organization in your Blackboard.  Also reference the FAQ sheet for curriculum registration and upcoming changes.

*Students Not Enrolled in a Laboratory Class should contact one of the faculty members listed on the SICE Advising/Advisory Contact Information sheet located on the right side of this page.

Department Information:

Preferred Method of Contact: Email

Majors Advised:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Restaurant Management
  • Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Personal Chef
  • Craft Brewing, Packaging and Service Operations