Nashville State

Culinary, hospitality management apprenticeships to expand talent pipeline for hotels, restaurants as industry recovers

Nashville State Community College expanded its commitment to meet the local hospitality industry’s demand for a pipeline of talent.

The college partnered with a number of hotels, restaurants and other hospitality organizations in Middle Tennessee to offer a variety of U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship programs in culinary, pastry and hospitality management, with specializations in lodging management and restaurant management. The programs will be rolled out strategically, as the industry recovers.

Nashville State worked with the American Culinary Federation, Hospitality Tennessee, National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute to develop 10 different apprenticeship programs.

The first of the apprenticeships, the ACF-certified sous chef apprenticeship, a two-year, 4,000-hour on-the-job learning apprenticeship, which aligns with an associate’s degree in culinary arts, will be the first apprenticeship rolled out in the fall semester that will begin Aug. 17. Applications will begin to be reviewed July 30.

While there are several major hotels and facilities in Nashville that have expressed interest in serving as apprentice training sites, the college is still in search of interested facilities to play host to culinary apprentices.

The college also seeks hotels, restaurants and other hospitality organizations that are interested in becoming training sites for restaurant and lodging management apprentices.

If an organization is interested in learning more about any of the apprenticeship programs and/or existing employees might benefit from additional training to help them prepare for the next step in their careers, contact Dina Starks with Nashville State at

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