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Information about the CEC

Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County

The Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County is a unique collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD). The mission of the program is to provide a quality culinary education with transferrable skills that are marketable in an ever changing industry.

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Prospective students must take the College Placement Test prior to entering the program. Culinary courses run in three-week blocks each semester. By attending classes Mondays through Thursdays, you can pursue job opportunities in the field on weekends.

Challenging externship experiences will be custom-matched to the student’s individual career goals. Students have been successfully placed in local restaurants and hotels in locales such as Atlantic City, and in exciting externships at Disney World and other locations internationally. A mid-program assessment will be administered at the end of the student’s first year. Students must successfully pass the SERV-SAFE sanitation examination to receive the degree.  Our distinguished award-winning alumnus Drew Araneo speaks about the Center