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Partnering with Rancho Cielo Students

American Culinary Federation-Certified Executive Chef Paul Lee takes the students through a nationally-recognized culinary arts curriculum, including Safe food Handlers Certification. The skills learned dramatically increase their employability. The students gain work experience in the Academy Dining Room, open to the public on Friday nights, as well as during the many special events occurring on campus.

The Rancho Cielo Drummond Culinary Academy offers academic instruction leading to the completion of high school diploma requirements in partnership with WASC-accredited, John Muir Charter School- based out of the Nevada County Office of Education in Nevada City, CA. JMCS is the premier charter school for California Youth Development programs statewide, operating at 45 sites statewide. Rancho Cielo is the only culinary academy in its portfolio.

The ten-month program, split between the kitchen and the high school academic classroom, results in a culinary certificate and a high school diploma. Students will complete a 200 hour externship program working with local restaurants to gain additional employment experience. The program offers job readiness training, as well as placement and referal services for graduates.

83% of the first graduating class (2011) are still working as of 2013.

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