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The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University offers an exceptional leadership opportunity for those working in school nutrition programs in Massachusetts and the USDA's New England Region. The goal of this highly acclaimed five-course undergraduate program is to increase the knowledge and skills of directors and senior management in school nutrition programs.

USDA has established minimum professional standards requirements for school nutrition professionals who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The standards, established in section 306 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act aim to institute minimum education standards for new state and local school nutrition directors as well as annual training standards for all school nutrition professionals. The Certificate in Excellence in School Nutrition Program courses align with these standards. Click here for a summary of these standards.

The fourth class for the Certificate in Excellence in School Nutrition program is currently underway. The Certificate in Excellence in School Nutrition program is accepting new students for the January 2016 semester. To apply, please complete the online registration form on the John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition web page. 


For more information about this program, please visit the John C. Stalker Institiute of Food and Nutrition web page.

1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.        

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