For 53 years, the Nebraska Department of Education and the University of Nebraska Lincoln have delivered quality educational experiences for school food service managers and nutrition staff members. This tradition of quality educational programming continues through the Child Nutrition Training Academy. The academy is designed to fit the needs of both new and experienced school food service professionals by offering three training opportunities.  

YEAR 1 (Limited to 35), June 6-10:
•  Recommended for school food service directors, managers and staff
•  Topics include school nutrition 101; basic culinary math; Buy American Provision; utilizing the cafeteria as a classroom; managing personalities and conflict; financial management; and menu planning
•  Coursework eligible for Level 2 School Nutrition Association (SNA) Certification*
*40 hours – must have high school diploma or equivalent
The Training Academy is a learning environment which strengthens professionalism, builds confidence, inspires critical thinking, and cultivates creativity through experiential learning. Your district will benefit from a better understanding of program regulations to ensure integrity. Attendees will create S.M.A.R.T. goals to encourage accountability for changes they would like to implement in their food service operation.

For more information about SNA Certification, visit the Child Nutrition Training Academy website at: https://www.education.ne.gov/ns/training/national-school-lunch-program/child-nutrition-training-academy/.

Please note: participants must be at least 19 years of age to attend the Child Nutrition Training Academy.

The early bird registration deadline is April 18, 2022.

All registrations and payments must be postmarked by May 18, 2022. 
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Classes are taught in the East Campus Union, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, located at 35th and Holdrege Streets. The campus address is 1705 Arbor Drive, Lincoln, NE.    
Check in on Monday, June 6, between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.. You will receive your materials as well as your name badge. Breakfast will be provided on Monday, June 6 as there will be a quick meeting from 7:30 - 7:50 a.m. for all participants.
Classes are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday June 6 - Thursday June 9. Lunch is on your own each day.

Classes are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10. Lunch will be provided as we will have a working lunch on the last day.

Classes are designed to include demonstrations, group activities and lectures.

In order to meet SNA certification requirements, participants must attend all scheduled classes. Ability to receive certification may be affected if classes are not attended.

Be on time for class.

Cell phone use during class time is not permitted.
For questions about housing:

Joan Kunzman                    
202 Ruth Leverton Hall                            
University of Nebraska-Lincoln  
Lincoln, NE 68583-0806                

For questions about the training:

Beth Haas
Program Specialist, Nutrition Services
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