• Purpose:

    The purpose of the apprenticeship program is to ensure the professional development of the School Nutrition Program (SNP) employees by providing relevant educational & on the job training. Employees may earn 5 to 15 percent increase to their salaries with successful completion of level requirements.

    Benefits:

    Some of the benefits to the staff will be:

    • Higher pay for a higher level of skills

    • Enhanced professional image with the school community
    • Formal recognition by the Labor Dept. for professional achievement
    • Increased knowledge & skills in school nutrition
    • Increased ability to implement Augusta County School Board’s Wellness Policy in the nutrition area

    The school system will benefit by having a highly qualified work force that will ensure safe & healthy meals for students & staff.

    Who is eligible?

    Any contracted employee is eligible to enroll. Participation in the program is voluntary. All levels will be open to all employees regardless of job title. If an employee chooses not to participate, they will continue to benefit from the standard pay scale.

    How do I enroll?

    Obtain an Apprenticeship Action Form from your on-site manager or the SNP’s central office. Send the completed copy to the SNP’s central office. A copy will then be sent to Todd Cook at the Dept. of Labor & Industry.

    Can I receive credit for prior coursework?

    After review by the SNP supervisor & the VVTC rep, credit may be given. Documentation/transcripts will be required. A passing grade of “C” or better will be required as a minimum before credit is given. To receive credit for any of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) specialized training courses (ex. Serving it Safe, Healthy Edge, etc.) they must be the most recent edition on the market.

    Coursework:

    Participants may take more than 1 class per semester & in any order. A “Request for Reimbursement for Continuing Education Courses” must be submitted to Central Office prior to taking the course. Employees will be reimbursed up to $75.00 for the successful completion of a course. Scott Gochenour from VVTC will track the apprentice’s class records & grades.

    Will Augusta County Schools provide tuition reimbursement?

    Yes. Augusta County Schools will reimburse employees up to $75 per course for tuition costs (textbook and supply costs are not reimbursable).  Employees must submit the "Request For Reimbursement For Continuing Education Courses" PRIOR to taking a class.  Once the class has been successfully completed, verification of passing the course along with a receipt for payment of tuition must be submitted along with the "Reimbursement Claim Form For Continuing Education Courses Completed".


     

    Level 1 Requirements (Revised 12-23-2013):

               

    Coursework

    Hours of Course

    Taught by

    Cost

     

    Food Safety & Sanitation Core Course

    10

    SNP personnel or National Food Service Management Institute On-line Course

     

     reimbursed up to $75.00

    Beginning Computers/Intro to Windows

    24

    VVTC

    VVTC fee

     

    (reimbursed up to $75.00)

     

    Cleaning/Sanitizing Facilities

    30

    VVTC

    VVTC fee

     

    (reimbursed up to $75.00)

     

    Industrial Safety

    30

    VVTC

    VVTC fee

     

    (reimbursed up to $75.00)

     

     

    Total:  94

     

     

     

    In addition to the Level 1 coursework, 2 years of on the job training must be completed (no waiver); plus, the recommendation of the SNP supervisor & a satisfactory performance evaluation must be obtained.

     

    Level 1 Rewards:

    Along with a 5% salary increase, a certificate & card with the title of “School Nutrition Program Technician” will be granted.

     

     

    Level 2 Requirements (Revised 7-1-2014):

     

    Coursework

    Hours of Course

    Taught by

    Cost

     

    Healthy Edge

    10

    SNP personnel or SNA School Nutrition University on-line

    Free or reimbursed up to $75.00 if taken on-line

     

    Webinars with applicable Food Safety, Child Nutrition, Special Diets, Wellness topics,

    (you choose--must have been presented within the last 3 years)

    10

    SNA School University on-line webinars or National Food Service Management Institute on-line webinars

    Free

     

    (all quizzes, PowerPoint slides, & certificate must be printed off for each webinar—a  paper must be completed for 3 of the webinars viewed—you must relate the topic to your food service/school nutrition experience & submit to Sandy Neff) 

     

    Navigating the Internet

     

    24

    VVTC Online course

    VVTC fee

    (reimbursed up to $75.00)

     

    Behaviors of Successful People

    16

    VVTC

    VVTC fee

    (reimbursed up to $75.00)

     

    Communication

    30

    VVTC

    VVTC fee

    (reimbursed up to $75.00)

     

    First Aid/CPR

    12

    VVTC or any applicable agency (hospital, Red Cross)

     

    Varies

    (reimbursed up to $75.00)

     

    Once certified & if the SNP budget allows (call Sandy Neff at 245-5127), the re-certification cost will be reimbursed up to $75.00 per course)

     

    Total: 102

     

     

     

    In addition to the Level 2 coursework, two years of on the job training must be completed (1 year may be waived); plus, the recommendation of the SNP supervisor & a satisfactory performance evaluation must be obtained.

     

    Level 2 Rewards:

    Along with a 10% salary increase, a certificate & card with the title of “School Nutrition Program Specialist” will be granted. 

     

     

    Level 3 Requirements (Revised 7-1-2014):

     

                Coursework

    Hours of Course

    Taught by

    Cost

     

    School Wellness

     

    Meeting the Wellness Challenge & Evaluating School Wellness Activities

     

     

    20

    National Food Service Management Institute on-line courses

    (University of Mississippi)

    Free

    (print off all quizzes, final certificate, & complete a 2-page paper assessing your school  and district's wellness policies & practices)

    Marketing 101 & Marketing 101 Training Pack Course

    (latest version-2010)

    12

    SNA-School Nutrition University on-line

    Reimbursement up to $75.00 for each section (course & training pack)

     

    “Target Your Market” Project

    14

    Project for your site submitted to SNP Supervisor for prior approval—will follow the structure of Marketing 101 (see above)

    Free

    ServSafe-pass a test for 5 years certification

    16

    SNP or Health Dept. or Extension Office personnel

    Varies-depends on agency

    (reimbursed up to $75.00)

     

    **Check with Sandy Neff @ 245-5127 to see if entire cost will be covered up front due to Health Dept. requirements of having a “credentialed & knowledgeable” person on site for health department inspections. 

    Basic Supervision

    30

    VVTC

    VVTC Fee

    (reimbursed up to $75.00)

     

    Total:  92

     

     

     

     

    In addition to the Level 3 coursework, 2 years of on the job training must be completed (1 year may be waived); plus, the recommendation of the SNP supervisor & a satisfactory performance evaluation must be obtained. 

     

    Level 3 Rewards:

    Along with a 15% salary increase, a certificate & card with the title of “School Nutrition Program Master” will be granted.
     

    Dates of Importance:

    • Effective April 1, 2009, there is no longer an "open enrollment period" for any apprenticeship program.  Employees may enroll at any time.  If you are interested in the apprenticeship program for your area of employment, please contact your supervisor/director.

    • The deadline for completion of course work and/or competency testing for completion on an apprenticeship level in order for a salary adjustment in the upcoming year is April 15th.

     
     

     

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