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Culinary Arts Receives ACF Accreditation

Published on February 13, 2017

Alden Griffus, CCC was elated to receive notice from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation that Ozarka College's Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts degree has officially received accreditation.


"An industry accreditation of this caliber is very exciting, " said Chef Griffus. "Culinary Arts is a trade and this accreditation tells the future employers of our graduates that our students receive the highest quality of education here at Ozarka College, and will serve as valuable assets in their businesses. "


According to the American Culinary Federation website, accreditation assures academic quality by requiring a program to meet a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services. By earning this accreditation, Ozarka College Culinary Arts graduates are eligible for a Certified Culinarian ® (CC ®) without paying any fees or taking any separate exams.


Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president commented, "Our culinary department worked very hard to receive this prestigious accreditation. We are one of only three, two-year colleges in Arkansas with this accreditation status and it will help us continue to advance and grow this vital program. "


In addition to an Associate of Applied Science degree, Ozarka also offers a Certificate of Proficiency in Hospitality Management. The average length of this program is 18 credit hours and it is a great option for individuals looking to strengthen their knowledge base and hospitality management skills in general. For more information about the culinary arts program at Ozarka College, please call Alden Griffus at 870.368.2073 or email:


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