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George A. Bee Administration Center (248) 341-2000     Fax: (248) 341-2126
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August 1, 2007

OCC Accepting Applicants for Fall Chef Apprentice Program

Interviews of applicants who wish to enroll this fall in the award-winning chef apprentice program at Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute are being scheduled for the week of August 13.  The screening procedure will take place in Building J at the Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills.


To schedule an interview contact Chef Kevin Enright, chief apprentice coordinator, at

(248) 522-3710.  Applicants must bring a certified check for $110 made out to the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association; a handwritten essay of 150 words on “Why I Desire a Career in Culinary Arts”; a high school diploma or equivalent; a resume; a record of documented work experience and references; and post-high school transcripts, if applicable.


Successful applicants must also complete the college’s COMPASS English and math placement test before being accepted into the program.  The $110 is fully refundable if the applicant is not accepted.


Oakland Community College is accredited by the American Culinary Federation – the only school with this status in the Detroit metropolitan area,” says Chef Enright.  “In addition to 6,000 hours of on-the-job training students will enroll in OCC courses that lead to an associate degree in applied science.  Completion also leads to recommendations for a certificate of apprenticeship as a journeyman chef,” Enright says.


Jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association, the OCC program has twice received Kraft Foodservice Awards of Excellence from the ACF Educational Institute National Apprenticeship Training Program.


To obtain further information about the OCC chef apprenticeship program and screening, phone Chef Enright, or check the program’s website at


The Orchard Ridge Campus is located at 27055 Orchard Lake Road, just south of I-696.  Ample free parking is available in nearby campus lots.


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