The Hospitality, Culinary and Tourism Institute (HCTI) at Frederick Community College recently earned accreditation and the highest possible evaluation result from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Accrediting Commission.

The ACFEF is the national accrediting commission for culinary programs.

Being accredited means a program meets or exceeds industry standards and all instructors teaching courses are highly qualified. It also helps students find employment opportunities.

In order to give accreditation, ACFEF evaluators conducted a three-day site visit of HCTI last year. They observed classes and interviewed HCTI students, alumni, faculty, staff and community partners.

They also observed students and staff operating 200 Monroe, FCC’s student-run restaurant. In the end, the evaluators found no areas of non-compliance.

“Earning accreditation with such high marks is an honor for our Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute,” FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster said in a statement. “We thank all our HCTI faculty and staff for providing such a strong program.”

This is the first time HCTI has been reviewed for accreditation.

“This entire review and accreditation process was an outstanding opportunity for us to share the many strengths of our program,” Elizabeth DeRose, HCTI program manager, said in a statement. “We are proud to receive this recognition that proves ... the HCTI program at FCC is a fantastic option for anyone looking to succeed in the food service industry.”

Hood College partners with Frederick Health to offer tuition benefits Hood College and Frederick Health have entered a partnership that will offer educational opportunities for Frederick Health employees and eligible family members — such as spouses and dependent children who are seeking degrees and are enrolled in degree programs.

Hood President Andrea Chapdelaine said in a statement that Frederick Health is a valued community member because they are involved in numerous collaborative efforts such as hosting students as interns at their facilities and managing the college’s health and counseling center.

“We are so thankful for their services, and it is an honor to offer their employees and families this opportunity for education on our campus,” Chapdelaine said.

Tom Kleinhanzl, president and CEO of Frederick Health, said in a statement the hospital is grateful for the opportunity.

“We have no higher imperative than having caregivers with the adequate skills to care for our community, and Hood College will continue to be an important partner in fulfilling this priority,” he said.

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