CROWNPOINT, NM - On June 13, 2022, Navajo Technical University Culinary and Professional Baking Program passed the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Accreditation. The ACF is a process of self-review for the improvement of the academic quality of culinary arts/baking and pastry programs.
The review takes place every 5 – 7 years and looks at some major activities within the program.
- A self-study of the culinary/baking program.
- A peer review of the program by gathering evidence of quality and verifying documentation.
- A decision/action by the ACF to grant, accept or defer a request to accredit a program.
Upon becoming a student and up until graduation, the student becomes a member of the ACF. Every member helps one another to find work. It is the largest professional chefs’ organization in the U.S. and is now made up of more than 14,000 members which expands across four regions of 170 chapters in the area.
Today, ACF is the leader in offering resources through educational funds, training programs, and apprenticeship. The ACF Culinary Team USA, which officially represents the U.S.A. in all major international competitions.
“NTU being accredited through this organization will help the students’ progress to a higher level in the industry at a faster rate.” Robert L. Witte, Master Technical Instructor of Culinary Arts said. “NTU has accomplished what no other culinary program has in the state, being accredited has the highest honor, and given EXEMPLARY STATUS.”
NTU would like to congratulate Chef Brian Tatsukawa, Chef Walter Cloud, Chef Sheila Begay, Chef Melvina Jones, Chef Lorencita Billiman, and Juanita Morgan.