Ivy Tech Community College East Central region earns accreditation from American Culinary Federation

Muncie, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College East Central region has earned a nationally recognized accreditation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) in the Baking and Pastry Arts program. ACF is the accrediting body for the Culinary Arts and the Baking and Pastry Arts programs. The accreditation process began in early summer 2013 and the program was notified of their approval in February 2014. With this accreditation, students will earn the title of “Certified Pastry Chef (CPC)” upon successfully passing the exam. This title demonstrates a symbol of excellence in education and standards, as well as aids students in job search and placement.

This accreditation is the first for the Baking and Pastry Arts specialty, valid until 2015. East Central region’s Culinary Arts program has been accredited by ACF since 2007, renewed in 2010 and up for renewal in 2015. At that time, in 2015, both programs will apply for accreditation renewal and will be valid for five to seven years.

The accreditation process is detailed and includes involving many parties. The first step by Ivy Tech East Central region’s team was preparing an extensive eight step, self-study which included: program eligibility, mission and goals, organization and administration, faculty and staff, curriculum, facilities, student services and program assessment. The second step occurred in October during an on-site visit, where three evaluators from ACF met with the Baking and Pastry Arts program faculty and staff, advisory board members and students. Also during this time, the evaluators studied the program curriculum, textbooks, faculty member’s qualifications and syllabi, and toured the lab facilities and entire campus. 

“We are so proud of our Baking and Pastry Arts program for earning this great accreditation,” says Andy Bowne, regional chancellor for the East Central and Richmond regions. “Our Baking and Pastry Arts students are being equipped with a degree and CPC certification at once, setting them on the right path for employment and success.”

Prior to this accreditation, Baking and Pastry Arts students had to travel to Indianapolis to take their certification exams. This process was challenging to students as the kitchen labs were different. Now, students will be able to take the exam at the Patterson campus.

“Most of our graduates from the Baking and Pastry Arts program would like to open their own business, such as café bakery, pastry shop or cake decorating,” says Debra Gourley, hospitality administration program chair for the East Central region. “The title of Certified Pastry Chef can be one of the higher paid positions for a chef. Our recent accreditation helps our students start their careers in the right direction.”

Currently, 60 students are enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Arts program and 20 of those students are preparing for the exam later this spring.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.