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Admissions

Culinary Tech Center provides hands on training and a simulated work-like environment to prepare our students with the skills, techniques and professionalism to achieve life long career goals. Our experienced Education Team brings years of experience into the classrooms as well as passion and commitment to see our students gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in the work place.

The Admissions Office is open Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm for interviews and applications. Individual appointments outside of office hours may be arranged through the Admissions Office. General Requirements for Admission: In order to be accepted to Culinary Tech Center as a regular student, an applicant must:

  • Express a desire to pursue higher education, and to pursue an associated career,
  • Possess a valid high school credential (diploma), or equivalent credential, and/or have been referred by an appropriate State agency or,
  • Demonstrate the ability to benefit as determined by the U.S Department of Education, by passing an approved standardized Ability-to Benefit (ATB) admissions test
  • Participate in an Personal Admission Interview and campus tour,
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, legal resident, or otherwise legally eligible to study in the United States,
  • Be at least eighteen years of age as of the class start date or seventeen years of age and have the legal permission of a parent or legal guardian

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During the interview, applicants have the opportunity to discuss career goals with an Admissions Representative. Applicants must demonstrate an understanding and interest in the program of choice. Applicants will tour the facility and meet various members of the team. Prior to starting class, students need to attend an orientation session to meet the staff, faculty and fellow students and become familiar with the school policies and expectations.
In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Culinary Tech Center does not discriminate in admission or any other aspect of our programs on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, age, disability, sexual preference, or national origin.

Applicants with disabilities must be physically able to complete the training program with reasonable accommodations. Further, certain physical and intellectual abilities are bona fide occupational qualifications and thus certain disabilities might disqualify a student from any potential employment. Please check with the Admissions Office if you have a disability that might interfere with your ability to succeed in your chosen field.

Culinary Tech Center, Manhattan location, is approved to provide programs to Veterans under Chapter 33 – Post 9/11. Call VA office at 1-888-442-4551 for more information.  You may submit applications online http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
Culinary Tech Center is approved by the New York State Education Department Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision for Specialized Vocational Training (SVT). This approval allows the school to admit students who do not possess a high school diploma or equivalent upon referral by an appropriate State Agency ACCES-VR. Since a high school credential or equivalent is required for the receipt of federal student aid, students admitted under this provision are not eligible to receive federal student aid (financial aid), and are generally funded by a combination of State agency funding and other non-federal resources.
Each individual who seeks admission to Culinary Tech Center will be interviewed by an Admissions Officer prior to acceptance. The interview is designed to:

  • Explore the prospective student’s background and interest as they relate to the programs offered at Culinary Tech Center,
  • Assist prospective students in identifying an appropriate area of study consistent with their interests and abilities,
  • Provide general information concerning the School, its facilities, its policies, and the available support services for students, and
  • Determine the prospective student’s level of motivation and evaluate whether the candidate possesses the minimum verbal and written communication skills required for success in the program.
Culinary Tech Center welcomes applications for admission from students who have studied at other accredited post-secondary education institutions. Transfer applicants are subject to the regular admission requirements of the School. Culinary Tech Center will accept transfer credits from post-secondary institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and legitimate foreign institutions as determined by the School. Transfer credits will be granted on a course-by-course basis based upon substantially equivalent course content. No course for which a student received a grade of less than 2.0 (“C” or equivalent) will be accepted for transfer. Culinary Tech Center reserves the right to validate the student’s knowledge through assessment mechanisms prior to accepting transfer credit.

Regardless of how many credits a student may obtain through transfer or other means, each student must earn at least 50% of all non-externship clock hours and 100% of all externship hours in their chosen program “in-residence” at Culinary Tech Center.

Credits are not guaranteed to be transferable to other institutions. Determinations are made by the It is up to the institution receiving the student to make that determination. Students wishing to pursue transfer credits from other institutions should consult with the Registrar or School Director.
The programs at Culinary Tech Center offer an externship component, which must be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. Externship provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills while under supervision. Externship hours and assignments are arranged with the Director of Placement. Students are expected to adjust their schedules to fit the needs of the externship site. Students should expect to attend their externship site at the same pace as they attended school. Site requirements may include orientations, drug testing and background checks, which may cause delays. Culinary Tech Center makes every effort to assign a site within 30 days of completion of the classroom/kitchen hours. Once the students begin their externship, they are expected to provide weekly timesheets in order for the school to record attendance and receive important feedback on the students’ progress. In the event the student refuses an externship assignment, abandons or is terminated from a site, Culinary Tech Center will not be obligated to secure another externship assignment.
Culinary Tech Center is authorized under federal law and the US Department of Justice to enroll non-immigrant alien students (M1 Visa). All applicants must:

  • Provide official documents or transcripts of secondary education, translated into English where necessary.
  • Provide equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma, translated where necessary.
  • Be proficient in the English language.
  • Complete an affidavit confirming the availability of sufficient funds for tuition, related school costs, and living expenses while attending school.
  • Provide a bank consular letter stating the applicant’s present balance in a savings and/or checking account.
  • Provide a deposit equal to 20% of the program tuition and fees.
  • After being accepted at Culinary Tech Center, student must pay the SEVIS fee I-901 and present this receipt along with the I-20 form provided by the school, when applying for a visa at the US Embassy or Consulate in the home country.

 

follow this link for more information go to www.ice.gov/sevis/students

Financial Aid

*Only students with a High School Degree or GED can apply for financial aid. Financial aid currently only offered in our NYC location.

Don’t worry about the Financial Aid Process, We Make it Easy!

The on-line process makes the financial aid application process easier and faster than ever, and our experienced Financial Aid staff will guide and assist you through the entire process.  Your advisor will identify the financial aid programs that will help you meet your needs and answer all of your questions.  Just call or visit the Financial Aid Office; we’re here to help!

  1. Getting Started – Apply for an FSA ID –

    The beginning point for all federal financial aid starts with applying for a federal FSA ID.  The FSA ID is your “electronic signature” for completing all of your financial aid documents on-line.  To apply for an FSA ID create a username and password of your choice.   You will be asked to confirm your e-mail address using a secure code that will be sent to you. Once you confirm your e-mail address you will be able to log into the FAFSA website using your email address. Once you have decided to pursue a career through an education at Culinary Tech Center, your Email address will be needed in order to complete the next step – completing and signing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

  2. The On-Line FAFSA Application:

    The FAFSA form can be completed quickly and easily on the Department of Education’s website located at fafsa.ed.gov.  If you’d like to “do it yourself”, we’re certain you’ll find the process easy to understand.  However, if you are nervous about the application, or just have questions, we are here to help.  Our Financial Aid Office staff will sit down with you to help you complete the application, or answer your questions over the phone or by e-mail.

    The information that you provide in the FAFSA application will help the college determine if you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and Federal Student/Parent Loans.  When completing the FAFSA form, be sure to list Culinary Tech Center as your school choice (Federal School Code #o42343) as this will ensure we receive your information in a timely manner.

  3. FAFSA Application Deadline:

    It’s best to have your FAFSA completed at least 10 days prior to the start of classes since we cannot process any financial aid until your data is received from the federal processor.  The absolute deadline to file your FAFSA is May 15 at the end of each financial aid year or a few days before you finish school (whichever is earlier), as we must receive your information while you are still enrolled in order to process your aid.

  4. Verification:

    Approximately one out of every four FAFSA applications will be chosen by the Department of Education for a review process known as verification.  If your application is selected, you (and your parent if you are a dependent student) will be asked to provide copies of prior year official IRS tax transcript documentation along with other income and asset information.  We will let you know if you were selected for verification and give you a list of necessary documentation.

  5. Verification Deadline:

    Unfortunately, we cannot process any financial aid until all of the required documentation is submitted and reviewed.  At times, this process will require us to make changes to your FAFSA data, which can add time to the processing.  Therefore, it is important that you submit any documentation as soon as possible, but no later than fourteen days after we request it.  If you need more time, just stop by and speak with us about it.

  6. Your Financial Aid “Award Letter”:

    Upon completion of the application and verification (if required) processes, the Financial Aid Office will prepare a financial aid “Award Letter” for you based on your eligibility and financial need as determined by your FAFSA form.  Your Award Letter will list all of the aid for which you are eligible.  Your advisor will also discuss timing of your financial aid payments, billing procedures and payment plan options. Please sign this award letter and return it to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible in order for your financial aid to be processed.

  7. We are here to help!

    Remember:  If you have questions, need help, or just would like more information concerning financial aid, please stop in and visit the Financial Aid Office or call us at (646)559-8551.

Federal Student Loan Counseling Requirements

Before you can borrow under the Federal Stafford Student Loan program, you must complete a requirement known as an “Entrance Interview”. This is not the kind of interview that requires a dress shirt and tie; in fact it is not really an “interview” at all.

Entrance Counseling:

An “Entrance Interview” is really an on-line tool that teaches you about your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower. It is also referred to as “Entrance Counseling”. It will contain a few quiz-type questions to ensure that you understand these rights and responsibilities. Take your time, read thoroughly and answer the questions carefully. If you answer too many questions incorrectly, you will have to start all over again.

Culinary Tech Center uses the Direct Loan website to perform the on-line Entrance Counseling Process. Your results will be sent to the Financial Aid Office electronically upon your completion of the process.  We will also provide you with student loan information during your orientation at Culinary Tech Center, and we’ll be here to answer your questions at any time before or after you start classes. So, if you are ready to get started, click this link to start your “Entrance Counseling”.  Once you arrive at the Direct Loans website, click on the green “Sign In” button on the left side of the screen and follow the simple instructions.

Exit Counseling:

An “Exit Counseling” is required whenever a student who received a Federal Stafford Student Loan graduates or otherwise leaves school. It is very important that you complete this process, because it teaches you about your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower. It will also give you help and information on how to keep your loan in good standing, even if you are having trouble making the payments.

Of course, the Financial Aid Office staff is always available to help with your student loan questions, even after you leave school. If you ever are having trouble making your payments, please call us at(212) 243-5081. We can help you to work with your loan servicer and stay out of trouble. We can probably even help you get a “deferment” or “forbearance”, which will allow you to stop making payments for a while with no penalty until you get back on your feet. Call us – we’re here to help.

Culinary Tech Center uses the Direct Loan website to perform the Exit Counseling on-line. Your results will be sent to the Financial Aid Office electronically upon your completion of the “Counseling”. So, if you are ready to get started, click on this link to start your “Exit Counseling”.

Sometimes the total financial aid available may not be enough to fully cover your costs. Therefore, Culinary Tech Center offers an In-School Payment Plan to help you finance any remaining balance after other forms of financial assistance are considered. Just visit the Financial Aid Office to discuss this option.

The Financial Aid Office at Culinary Tech Center is always ready to help you!

Paying for your education can be a challenge and we want you to take advantage of every benefit available for the financial commitment you have made.  The federal government offers several income tax benefits for education costs, including the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit.  These are available to students and parents who paid tuition at a post-secondary school in the tax year, subject to IRS rules.  Also, once you have completed your education, you might also be eligible to deduct the cost of interest paid on your student loans.

Annually, Culinary Tech Center will report to the IRS the amount of tuition each student paid during the tax year (using the government’s formula).  A 1098-T form will be mailed to each student permanent address as long as you have a valid social security number on file.

The 1098-T, along with your copy of your Culinary Tech Center billing statements, should be used by your tax preparer to determine your eligibility for a tax credit.

Because each taxpayer’s circumstances vary, we cannot provide tax advice or assistance related to the credit or how to claim the credit but will be here to assist you in locating helpful resources.

As required by law, your 1098-T statement will be mailed by January 31st of the following year.

 

Related Links:

American Opportunity Credit

Lifetime Learning Credit

Student Loan Interest Deduction

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Federal / State Student Financial Aid Programs

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Federal and State Student Financial Aid Programs

In order to be considered for federal student financial aid programs, you must meet the federal student aid eligibility rules and complete an on-line application.  Simply follow the easy steps on the How to Apply for Financial Aid page of this website. Of course, if you need any help or have questions about the application process; the financial aid office staff is available to assist you.  Please call 212-243-5081 and schedule an appointment with a member of our financial aid office.

The federal student financial aid programs available at Culinary Tech Center are as follows: (The name of each program is a link to the U.S. Department of Education’s website for the specific program.  This site contains the most current and detailed information available).

Federal Pell Grant provides grant aid money to assist students who have not already received a Bachelor’s Degree.  (Note: If you are eligible for a Pell Grant and your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed forces who died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001, you are eligible for a Pell Grant for the award year).

Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant  provides grant money to students who are not Pell-eligible, whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11, and who, at the time of the parent or guardian’s death, were less than 24 years old or were enrolled at least part time at an institution of higher education.

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan is a loan* available to students with financial need. The federal “subsidy” includes the elimination of interest while the student is in school and a reduction of the interest rate during repayment.  The loan amount is based on grade level, dependency status and financial need.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is a loan* available to students in which you are not required to demonstrate financial need. Interest accrues (accumulates) on the loan from the time it is first disbursed (paid out).  You can still pay the interest while you are in school, during grace periods and deferment periods.  If you choose not to pay the interest, it will be added to your loan balance and interest will accrue on the higher principal loan amount.  The loan amount is based on grade level and dependency status.

Federal Parent PLUS Loan is a loan* available to parents of dependent students.  A parent, if credit approved, may borrow up to the full cost of attendance minus any other financial aid.

The Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Rehabilitation Services Program is part of the New York State Education Department. ACCES-VR, formerly known as the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), assists individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.

* A loan is a financial obligation that must be re-paid in the future through monthly payments, including interest.  It is very important to know and understand the terms of a loan before signing a promissory note and entering a loan obligation.  The terms of a loan include interest rate, repayment schedule, and borrower rights and responsibilities.

Financial Aid Literacy

You came to Culinary Tech Center because you knew you needed TRAINING to be successful in your career. Of course, that training is specific to your trade. But what about training for handling your money? Have you ever been “trained” in how to handle your personal finances, make a personal budget, or manage your credit score? Do you have the RIGHT TOOLS for the job of building your financial future?
The tools and links on this page are provided to give you the Personal Financial Training you need – to be as prepared and successful in your personal business as you will be when working in your trade.

RECOMMENDED SITE

Our most highly-recommended personal financial training site is “CashCourse”. This free site offers tools and strategies to help you learn to get the most out of your money. We strongly encourage you to visit them at:
CashCourse –  a comprehensive personal financial training site with a great deal of valuable information.

OTHER FINANCIAL TRAINING SITES

Of course, there are numerous other sites which provide similar services and personal financial training. The list below offers some different options for you. A particular site may be more appealing to you or more appropriate to your current financial / family situation. We recommend you spend some time reviewing some alternate sites and see which one fits you the best.

Smart About Money
A broad-based site for adults in all phases of life – from training through retirement.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy –  A comprehensive site with specific sections for college students, working adults, veterans, and more.

Jump $tart Coalition for Financial Literacy
This site is designed for students, from pre-K to college. It also has useful information for parents of young children.

My Money – Financial Education
A federal site combining information from twenty-one different federal agencies and departments.

40 Money Management Tips for Students
A site dedicated to college students, and particularly those students who are under twenty-four years of age.

TARGETED SITES

The links below provide information on certain specific topics in managing your personal finances:

Identity Theft
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) site with information about preventing identity theft and recovering after the fact.

Guide to Credit Cards
A Federal Reserve System site credit cards, from interest rates and fees to repayment options (also has some spanish content).

America Saves
A not-for-profit site dedicated to helping people save money, reduce debt, and gain wealth.

Feed the Pig
Another site dedicated to strategies for saving money.

YOUR CREDIT REPORT

Do you know what your credit report looks like? Did you know you can get a truly free credit report? (Avoid websites that charge you a one-time or monthly fee for access to your own credit report!)
Free Annual Credit Report

You actually have three credit reports… one from each of three reporting agencies… If you are having credit problems, you may need to view all three credit reports to find and fix any errors or omissions.
Equifax Credit Agency
Experian Credit Agency
TransUnion Credit Agency

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about personal financial management, please visit the Financial Aid Office. We’ll be happy to help you!

Program Tuition
COMMERCIAL COOKING PLUS EXTERNSHIP-600 HOURS
Tuition $12,095.00
Registration Fee $100.00
Books $150.00
Kit and Uniform $595.00
Lab and Fee $1055.00

Total Charges $13,995.00

 

Hotel Operations-600 HOURS
Tuition $11,565.00
Registration Fee $100.00
Books $375.00
Kit and Uniform $160.00
Lab and Fee $295.00

Total Charges $12,495.00

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Refunds and Return to Title IV (R2T4)
Students should read and understand the school’s policy regarding tuition refund and cancellation prior to signing an Enrollment Agreement.  Applicants’ who do not understand it or are confused by the school’s explanation, can get help before signing from the New York State Education Department, Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision, 116 West 32nd. Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001, or by telephone at (212) 643-4760.

The failure of a student to immediately notify the School Director in writing of the student’s intent to withdraw may delay refund of tuition due to the student pursuant to section 5002(3) of the Education Law.

The following refund policy applies to students who withdraw, cancel their Enrollment Agreement, have their enrollment terminated by the school, or otherwise discontinue attendance at Culinary Tech Center.  A student who cancels within 7 days of signing the enrollment agreement but before instruction begins receives all monies returned with the exception of the non-refundable registration fee.

Thereafter, a student will be liable for the non-refundable registration fee, the cost of any textbooks or supplies accepted, and tuition liability as of the student’s last date of physical attendance.  Refunds are calculated based upon the “semester” or the “quarter”, which is generally equivalent to one-half of the program.  Tuition liability is divided by the number of quarters in the program.

Total tuition liability is limited to the quarter/semester during which the student withdrew or was terminated, and any previous quarters/semesters completed.

All refunds will be issued within thirty days after the school has determined that the student has withdrawn.  Refunds to students who officially withdraw or are terminated once classes have begun will be made within 30 days from the last date of attendance (LDA).
If the school cancels or discontinues a program for any reason, the school shall refund all monies paid for tuition and fees (to all students currently enrolled in the affected program).  Such refund will be made no more than 30 days from the notice of cancellation.
Refunds to students who are terminated because of failure to return as scheduled from a Leave of Absence will be calculated from the last day of attendance (LDA) and paid within 30 days of the scheduled last day of Leave of Absence.
Books and supplies are included in the student’s total tuition. Students are encouraged to return any unused books and supplies in new, reusable condition.
When a student withdraws or his/her enrollment is otherwise terminated, the school will not only calculate the amount of tuition/fees that will be refunded to the student (if any), but also the amount of federal student financial aid (“Title IV”) that must be returned to the Federal Student Aid Programs (if any). This process is referred to as “Return to Title IV” (R2T4).  The calculation of R2T4 has no relationship to the tuition and fees that the student may owe to the school. The R2T4 calculation is performed using forms and/or software provided by the U.S. Department of Education for that purpose, and all transactions shall be completed within forty-five days after the school becomes aware of the student’s withdrawal/termination (Date of Determination).
Title IV funds are earned in a prorated manner based upon calendar days. R2T4 is required up to the 60% point in the payment period based upon the pro-rata methodology.  (A “payment period” is generally one-half of the student’s period of enrollment at Culinary Tech Center – consult with the Financial Aid Office for more information). After the 60% point in the payment period, a student is considered to have earned 100% of the federal student financial aid funds they were eligible to receive.

The percentage of the payment period completed is the total number of scheduled clock hours (in the payment period for which financial aid has been awarded) that have already occurred as of the Withdrawal Date, divided by the total number of scheduled clock hours in that payment period (usually 450 clock hours).

If, based on the calculation, the student has earned less than the amount of Title IV funds disbursed, the unearned funds must be returned. The school must return the lesser of:

  • the amount of federal student financial aid funds that the student has not earned, or
  • the amount of institutional charges that the student incurred for the payment period multiplied by the percentage of federal student financial aid funds that was not earned.

The student (or parent, in the case of a PLUS loan) must return or repay, as appropriate:

  • any Federal Direct Student Loan Program or Federal PLUS funds in accordance with the contracted terms of the loan, and
  • the remaining unearned federal grant funds (not to exceed 50% of the grant owed) as an “overpayment” of the grant (see below).

Refunds are calculated according to applicable federal laws.  All returned funds for which the school is responsible will be issued promptly after the school has determined that the student has withdrawn and the applicable return calculations have been completed.

Any amount of unearned federal grant funds that a student must return directly is called an “overpayment”.  The maximum amount of a grant overpayment is one half of the grant funds received or scheduled to be received.  While this occurs very rarely, students in this circumstance must make arrangements with the school and/or the U.S. Department of Education to return the unearned grant funds.  Failure to do so will result in loss of future eligibility for Federal Student Aid, and potential other legal actions by the U.S. Department of Education.
Unearned funds returned by the school must be credited to outstanding balances on Title IV loans made to the student or on behalf of the student for the payment period for which a return of funds is required. Those funds will be credited to outstanding balances in the following order:

 

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan,
  2. Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan, and
  3. Federal Direct PLUS Loan received on behalf of the student.

 

If unearned funds remain to be returned after repayment of all outstanding loan amounts for the payment period, the remaining excess must be credited to any amount awarded for the payment period in the following order:

 

  1. Federal Pell Grant,
  2. Federal SEOG, and
  3. Other grant or loan assistance authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act.

 

Post-Withdrawal Disbursement:  The school will disburse Federal Pell Grant funds that had not yet been disbursed at the time of the student’s withdrawal/termination, but for which the student remains eligible under the R2T4 calculation.  In the case of student or parent loan funds, the school will calculate the student (or parent’s) eligibility for a “post-withdrawal disbursement”.  The Financial Aid Office will advise the student and/or parent borrower of the amount(s) available and the fourteen calendar day deadline to accept or decline the post-withdrawal disbursement.  If a response is not received from the student and/or parent within the permitted time frame or the student declines the funds, the school will not request the funds from Title IV programs.  If the post-withdrawal disbursement is accepted, the funds will first be used to settle any outstanding financial obligation to the school.

Student Rights & Responsibilities
Students have the right to obtain from the school:

  • the names of its accrediting or licensing organizations;
  • information about the school’s programs; it’s faculty; and its instructional, laboratory and other physical facilities;
  • the cost of attendance;
  • the school’s policy and the Financial Aid Office’s policy on refunds to students who withdraw or are dropped;
  • the types of financial assistance available, including information on all federal, state, local, private and institutional financial aid programs;
  • the procedures and deadlines for submitting applications for each available financial aid program;
  • the criteria used to select financial aid recipients;
  • process used to determine student financial need. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses and average loan fees, are considered in the cost of education.  It also includes how resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, assets, etc.) are considered in calculating student need;
  • amount of student financial need, as determined by the institution, that has been met;
  • the type and amount of assistance in a student financial aid package and an explanation of each award;
  • the portion of the financial aid award that consists of loans that must be re-paid, and what portion is grant aid that does not need to be repaid;
  • interest rate on any loan, the total amount for repayment, the length of time for repayment, the date to start repayment and cancellation or deferment provisions that apply;
  • how to obtain a reconsideration of an aid package, if they believe that a mistake has been made or if enrollment or if the student’s financial circumstances have changed;
  • the policy/process used by the school to determine whether students are making satisfactory academic progress and what happens if students are not; and
  • any special facilities and services available to persons with disabilities.

The information for most of the bullet points above can be obtained by clicking on the included hyperlink.  For those bullets that do not contain a hyperlink, most information can is contained in this website or in the Culinary Tech Center Catalog.  Information can also be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office at (212) 243-5081.

It is the responsibility of the student to:

  • review and consider all information about the school’s program before enrolling;
  • pay special attention to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), complete it accurately and submit it on time at the correct website (errors can delay or prevent students from receiving aid);
  • meet all deadlines for applying or reapplying for aid;
  • provide any and all additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information requested by the Financial Aid Office, including tax returns and other personal and financial documents;
  • read, understand and keep copies of all forms which they are asked to sign;
  • comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements that they must sign;
  • promptly notify the school of any change in name, address or attendance status (half time, three-quarter time or full time);
  • understand the school’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy;
  • understand the school’s refund policy and the Financial Aid Office’s Return to Title IV Refund policy;
  • attend and participate in an “Entrance Interview” before borrowing federal student loans;
  • attend and participate in an “Exit Interview” prior to graduation or upon withdrawal from the school (if you have borrowed federal loans); and

honor all copyrights and refrain from unauthorized duplication of copyrighted material in compliance with the school’s copyright policy.

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Program Outcome Disclosures

The Culinary Tech Center is licensed by New York State Education Department Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision. It is also approved by New York State Education Department / ACCES-VR (Adult Career & Continuing Education Services), and nationally accredited by COE (Council on Occupational Education).

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*** The Council on Occupational Education (COE) Placement Rate Methodology

COE requires schools to report the placement rate of graduates employed in a training related field. Graduates must have completed the program within 150% of the stated program length. The placement rate reported to COE reflects the performance for a 12 month period.

Employment Rate = (Graduates Employed in Field*/Graduates Available for Employment**)

* Included in this number: completer (see below definition) of a program who (1) is employed in the field of education pursued or in a related field, or (2) has received the appropriate credential and entered the military or continued his/her education. Valid employment in the field or a related field (see below definition) includes placement in a permanent full- or part time position with an employer or employment agency, or self-employment in the field of education or a related field.

Completer: a student who has demonstrated the competencies required for a program and has been awarded the appropriate credential (graduate completer) or has acquired sufficient competencies through a program to become employed in the field of education pursued or a related field as evidenced by such employment (non-graduate completer).. · Graduate Completers Employed in Positions Related to Field of Instruction: graduates who (1) are employed in the field of instruction pursued, (2) have entered the military, or (3) are continuing their education.

Related Field (Placement): placement of graduate and non-graduate completers in a broader field of work that uses the knowledge and skills gained in the program of study regardless of whether the work title specifically references the program of study. Graduate completers who secure employment in a field that does not require the knowledge and skills gained in the program of study for securing that employment must be classified as placed in an ‘unrelated’ field.

**COE allows for the exclusion of the following categories of students from the placement rate calculation:

Exemptions are:

Graduate Completers Unavailable for Employment: The number of graduate completers documented to be unavailable for employment because of situations such as pregnancy, other serious health-related issues, caring for ill family members, death, etc.

Graduate Completers Who Refused Employment: The number of graduate completers for whom the institution has documented evidence that the completers failed to keep interview appointments, enrolled in the program of instruction strictly for personal use, or simply refused an employment.

 COE calculates placement rates as follows:

(Completers Employed in positions related to field of Instruction) / (Completers – Exemptions*) offer in the field of instruction.

Jeanne Clery Campus Security Report and Policy
Annual Campus Security Report:

The school’s Campus Security Report Web Page and the associated links constitute the Annual Campus Security Report for Culinary Tech Center.Additionally, a notice of the location of this Report and the direct URL address of this page are published in the School Catalog. Further, an email notice including the direct URL address for this web page is sent to all employees annually. Crime statistics for all schools nationwide are made available to the public by the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Security Statistics Website

Definitions:

Culinary Tech Center operates one main campus. For purposes of Campus Security data collection and reporting, the following definitions apply:

Campus – Buildings or areas of buildings which are leased, owned or controlled by Culinary Tech Center, including any classrooms, administrative offices, faculty offices, along with any hallways, lavatories, storage areas, other area(s) under the control of Culinary Tech Center and used by students and/or employees.
Non-campus property – Culinary Tech Center campus do not include any areas which would be defined as non-campus property.
Public Property – All other areas of campus buildings that are not otherwise included in the definition of “campus” (above), including any lobbies, elevators, outdoor areas, parking lots, private roads, and green space areas owned or controlled by the building owners and routinely used by PTT’s students, along with any public thoroughfares, streets, and/or sidewalks that are immediately adjacent to, and accessible from, the campus.
Incident – A crime or illegal activity, serious accident, injury requiring immediate medical attention, occurrence requiring the response of EMS and/or law enforcement personnel, or any other event for which reporting is mandated under the Clery Act (see “Annual Campus Security Report”, above).
Campus Security Authority – The school does not maintain a security or police force. The Campus Security Authority for the entire school is the School Director and is responsible for oversight and enforcement of this policy. This individual is responsible for training and appointing other employees to respond appropriately to emergencies (serve as the Campus Security Authority) in his/her absence, and for assigning that responsibility prior to any such absence.
Creation of the Crime Statistics Data: The data used in the reports is compiled and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education annually by the Administrative Assistant. Data from internal Incident Report Forms is cross-referenced and combined with external public-record data requested from local law enforcement authorities in the creation of the crime statistics.

 

Criminal Offenses – On Campus/Non-Campus Property 2012 2013 2014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses – Forcible 0 0 0
Sex offenses – Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated assault 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 0
 Arson 0 0 0

 

Hate Crimes – Public Property 2012 2013 2014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses – Forcible 0 0 0
Sex offenses – Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated assault 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 0
 Arson 0 0 0
 Larceny-theft 0 0 0
Simple assualt 0 0 0
 Intimidation 0 0 0
Destruction, damage or vandalism of property 0 0 0
Any other crime involving bodily injury 0 0 0

 

Hate Crimes – On Campus/Non-Campus Property 2012 2013 2014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses – Forcible 0 0 0
Sex offenses – Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
 Aggravated assault 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 0
 Arson 0 0 0
 Larceny-theft 0 0 0
Simple Assualt 0 0 0
 Intimidation 0 0 0
Destruction, damage or vandalism of property 0 0 0
Any other crime involving bodily injury 0 0 0

 

Criminal Offenses – Public Property 2012 2013 2014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses – Forcible 0 0 0
Sex offenses – Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated assault 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 0
 Arson 0 0 0

 

Arrests – On Campus/Non-Campus Property 2012 2013 2014
Illegal weapons possession 0 0 0
Drug law violations 0 0 0
Liquor law violations 0 0 0

 

Disciplinary Actions – Public Property 2012 2013 2014
Illegal weapons possession 0 0 0
Drug law violations 0 0 0
Liquor law violations 0 0 0

 

Arrests – Public Property 2012 2013 2014
Illegal weapons possession 0 0 0
Drug law violations 0 0 0
Liquor law violations 0 0 0

 

Disciplinary Actions – On Campus/Non-Campus Property 2012 2013 2014
Illegal weapons possession 0 0 0
Drug law violations 0 0 0
Liquor law violations 0 0 0

 

* Note: Statistics for periods prior to 2014 are incomplete or unavailable since Culinary Tech Center did not participate in Federal Student Aid programs during those years and did not collect data.

Be Aware, Stay Alert!

Since crime can occur anywhere and at any time, it is our sincere hope that you will read this policy and follow the included guidelines. If you suspect a crime has been committed, notify the School Director (or designee) or a member of the faculty or staff. If you witness a crime or other emergency in-progress, call 911 to alert local law enforcement agencies, and then notify the School Director (or designee) or a member of the faculty or staff.

While the school employs electronic security systems, there is no such thing as a fail-safe security system. Even the most elaborate security precautions are not a guarantee against crime. The best safety measures are the ones you perform using common sense. You should always remain alert and aware of your surroundings. Secure your vehicles and do not leave valuables in your car. Do not leave your personal items unattended. Avoid walking alone, particularly at night. Again, be cautious, use good sense, and look after your friends and classmates.

Emergency Response System and Procedures:

If a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurs, students and employees will be notified through Culinary Tech Center’s text message alert system, by direct communication (senior staff dispatched throughout the building/grounds), and/or other appropriate means to best protect the health and safety of students and employees. The Emergency Response System (ERS) may be used to order an emergency evacuation of the building. All students, instructors, and staff must immediately evacuate the building when instructed to do so. The ERS may also be used to order a “lockdown”. A lockdown order requires all students and employees to quickly enter a classroom, office of other room which can be locked, lock the door and attempt to hide from view of the hallways. Students or employees in large, unsecured areas (such as the shop floor or any of the outdoor areas) should either find a secure area or quickly evacuate and proceed to a safe distance away from the building.

Prior to initiating the ERS, the Campus Security Authority will confirm that a bona fide emergency exists, determine the appropriate method(s) of communication, and determine the message content (if applicable). The school will take these actions without delay, and promptly make an announcement via Culinary Tech Center’s text message alert system, unless in the judgment of the Campus Security Authority, such notice would compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

The Emergency Response Procedures will be tested at least once each year. Emergency Response Procedure Tests (other than fire drills) will be announced in advance to prevent the creation of unnecessary anxiety or false 9-1-1 calls.

Timely Notification of Security Issues:

In addition to emergency warnings, the school will provide a timely warning to the campus community of any known occurrences of crime in the immediate campus vicinity that are reported to campus officials or local police agencies and are considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. If the school is aware of such a crime or pattern of crimes, the school will make an announcement via Culinary Tech Center’s text message alert system and post paper notices in various locations throughout the affected locations, including student and employee bulletin boards. These bulletin board notices will remain in place for ten days, or longer if school management feels a continuing threat remains.

Incident Reporting:

Except for planned emergency drills, any employee or student observing or having knowledge of a criminal act or other emergency situation should first contact appropriate local emergency response personnel by calling 9-1-1. Students witnessing any such event should also report it immediately to the Campus Security Authority or any instructor or staff member. For non-emergency events, students may submit an Incident Report Form to The School Director (or designee). Blank forms can be obtained from The School Director’s Office. Students wishing to maintain confidentiality may submit an Incident Report Form anonymously, or may request a private, confidential meeting with the School Director (or designee).

Employees of the school are required to report any incident (see definition above) in which they have been involved or which they have witnessed on the campus or on the public areas adjoining the campus. Incidents will be reported on an Incident Report Form and forwarded immediately to the School Director (or other available senior official as appropriate).

Copies of all Incident Report Forms will be maintained by the Director of Education (or designee) for use in data compilation for the Annual Campus Security Report. Forms for the previous five calendar years will be archived for audit purposes.

Security of, and Access to, Campus Facilities:

Students should only be on the campus (see definition above) during scheduled school hours, or while attending to other legitimate academic or administrative functions at Culinary Tech Center. All visitors are required to sign in with the front desk. Students and visitors are discouraged from socializing, loitering, or gathering in the building, in the non-campus areas, or in the adjacent public areas after the end of their class day. Further, students are prohibited from being on the campus at any time when the school is not open and staff are not present.

Security is an ongoing concern of all staff and instructors. Each staff member and instructor is expected to be security-conscious and vigilant at all times. All security violations, including unauthorized visitors, should immediately be reported to the School Director or other senior official (see “Incident Reporting”, above).

Law Enforcement and Security Personnel:

Culinary Tech Center does not maintain a law enforcement department. All requests for security assistance are handled by law enforcement agencies. The School Director (or designee) is responsible for ensuring that all crimes occurring on campus are reported to the appropriate local law enforcement agency.

Informational Programs:

This policy and school security procedures are reviewed during new student orientations. These brief sessions promote awareness of crime and crime prevention, along with promoting awareness of rape, sexual assault, and acquaintance rape. During these orientations, students and employees are also told about good practices in crime prevention (including securing their autos and other personal property) and how to report a crime, emergency, or other incident.

Other Safety Policies and Related Topics:

The Culinary Tech Center Drug and Alcohol Policy prohibits the possession or use of illegal controlled substances on the school’s premises or at any school-related activity. In that regard, the Drug and Alcohol Policy is considered part of this Campus Security Policy. The Drug and Alcohol Policy is posted to Culinary Tech Center’s website and includes: policies regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs; enforcement of State laws regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs; and a description of available drug- and alcohol-abuse education programs.

Fighting, gambling, or any other behaviors that are illegal and/or interfere with the ability of other students to learn are forbidden on school property or at any school-related activity.

Weapons on Campus:

Possession of a firearm or any other type of weapon is not allowed without written permission on the campus, at any other location when participating in a school-sponsored activity, or at any other time when otherwise representing the school as an employee or student. Further, the brandishing of any kitchen knife, utensil, piece of equipment, or other item as a weapon is considered equivalent to possession of a prohibited weapon under this policy.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness:

Culinary Tech Center is concerned about the safety of its students, instructors and staff. With regard to sexual assault, good sense safety practices are your best defense. There are sufficient instructors, staff, and students present in the building at all times during business hours to make a sexual assault on campus unlikely, but not impossible. Remember to remain aware of your surroundings, do not walk alone outdoors (especially at night), do not enter areas of the building to which you are not authorized, and do not feel compelled to enter any secluded location or any situation which makes you uncomfortable.

Whether an assault occurs on- or off-campus, victims are strongly encouraged to report sexual assaults to the appropriate authorities. It is important to preserve evidence whenever possible for the police to use in pursuing a criminal investigation.

In the unlikely event that a sexual assault occurs on campus, students should immediately notify the Campus Security Authority, or any available staff or instructor in whom they are comfortable confiding. Upon being notified, school personnel will notify the School Director and will assist the student in contacting the appropriate authorities if the alleged victim chooses to do so. School personnel will, to the best of their ability, attempt to secure any affected area of the campus and to otherwise prevent the compromise of evidence until law enforcement officials arrive. If a sexual assault occurs to a student off-campus, the school will assist an alleged victim with notification to the appropriate law enforcement agency having police jurisdiction where the crime occurred (upon request of the student).

Sexual Assault is a crime under New York State law. This link will take you to a document with the current text of the New York Sexual Assault Statute.

Culinary Tech Center does not provide counseling services directly to victims of sexual assault, but will attempt to provide referral to local agencies that provide counseling and other support services. One such local agency is Safe Horizon. They can be contacted at:

Safe Horizon – Services to Victims of Sexual Assault
2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10007
(212) 227-3000

It is important for persons who have been sexually assaulted to seek prompt medical attention, and to attempt to preserve any evidence on the victim’s body by not bathing or washing before receiving medical attention.

If an alleged victim of sexual assault on-campus elects not to file criminal charges, but still wishes to proceed with formal administrative charges, an investigation will be conducted, and the case referred to the Campus Director. Disciplinary actions assessed in a particular case will be dependent upon the nature of the conduct involved, the circumstances and conditions which existed at the time the student engaged in such conduct and the results which followed as a consequence of such conduct. Sanctions, up to and including permanent expulsion from the school/termination or employment, will be carried out by the President.

The following principles apply to any such internal investigation/ disciplinary process:

  • Accuser shall be informed of their options to notify law enforcement.
  • Accuser shall be notified of available counseling services.
  • Both parties will have the same opportunity to have others present at any disciplinary hearing.
  • Accuser shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
  • Accuser may request a change of academic schedule / circumstances, and the school will attempt to accommodate reasonable requests.

New York State Registered Sex Offender Information: The State of New York maintains a database of registered sex offenders in the state. The information is available through the New York State Public Sex Offender Registry website.

Security Regulations/Procedures Which Are Not Applicable at Philadelphia Technician Training Institute:

Culinary Tech Center does not maintain a law enforcement department and thus does not maintain a “Crime Log”. Hence, such a log is not available for public inspection.

Culinary Tech Center does not maintain dormitories or other student housing facilities, and hence does not have a policy regarding the disappearance of students in-residence (missing student notification).

Culinary Tech Center does not recognize any fraternities, sororities or other off-campus student clubs or organizations. Hence the school does not have a policy for monitoring and recording criminal activity at such locations.

Culinary Tech Center does not employ professional counselors, psychologists, or pastoral counselors. School staff may assist students and fellow employees in locating such services in the local community.

Drug Awareness and Prevention Policy

Drug and Alcohol Policy: Culinary Tech Center is committed to help in providing a safe and productive campus for all employees and students. Consistent with this commitment, Culinary Tech Center has a particular concern about substance abuse, since it can affect a person’s productivity and efficiency, jeopardize the safety of the employee or student, co-workers, fellow students and the public, and impair the reputation of the school. An individual’s substance abuse may also violate state and federal statutes. Accordingly, Culinary Tech Center has established this policy with regard to the use, possession and sale of alcohol or drugs on campus or under circumstances where such activity may harm the reputation of the school.

Standards of Conduct:

Culinary Tech Center strictly prohibits the use, possession, consumption, purchase or sale of alcohol and illegal drugs anywhere on the school’s premises or where such activity away from the school’s premises affects the suitability of an individual to continue as an employee or student or may harm the reputation of the school. “Illegal Drugs” are drugs or controlled substances which are not legally obtainable or legally obtainable but not obtained in a lawful manner. Examples include cocaine and marijuana, and prescription drugs, which were not lawfully obtained or used. Furthermore, no employee or student may be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on the school’s premises.

Penalties/ Disciplinary Actions:

Persons who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action by the school, with penalties up to and including the termination of enrollment/employment (dismissal). Individuals will also be subject to penalties and sanctions imposed by local, state, and federal laws. Students should be aware that substance abuse carries legal consequences which may include imprisonment, fines, and/or loss of property. The drug abuse statutes for New York State can be found at:

NYS Controlled Substances Statutes

NYS Alcohol Statutes For Persons Under 21

Dangers of Addiction and Substance Abuse:

All students should be aware that substance abuse causes serious health risks, including altered moods, altered behavior, sleep disorders, distorted senses, and permanent damage to the liver, heart, and central nervous system. More information about addiction, the drugs and substances of “substance abuse”, and the health risks of substance abuse can found at the following links:

National Institutes of Health – Facts About Addiction

National Institutes of Health – The Drugs of Addiction

alcoholism.about.com/od/effect/u/Risks.htm

Addiction Assistance:

Culinary Tech Center urges individuals with substance abuse problems to seek help, and Culinary Tech Center is committed to providing assistance in this regard. Culinary Tech Center considers drug addiction and alcoholism to be treatable diseases. However, Culinary Tech Center cannot permit employees or students to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, endangering their own safety and that of others at the school. The goal of the school’s policy is not only deterrence, but also detection and treatment. In that regard, the following pages include a list of commonly abused drugs and their respective symptoms and dangers, as well as the types of behavior an adult may exhibit while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A list of referrals available for alcohol and drug counseling, treatment, community prevention and rehabilitation programs are available by contacting the School Director as well as the following locations:

Referral Network for NYC Rehab Centers

http://drugabuse.com/usa/drug-abuse/manhattan-ny/

http://drugabuse.com/usa/drug-abuse/new-york/

http://realizationcenternyc.com/treatment-services/glbt-program/

www.samhsa.gov/prevention/

Enforcement:

All student disciplinary enforcement under this policy shall be at the discretion of the President and shall be based upon the severity of the offense and the actions of the student with regard to the incident. Employee disciplinary enforcement under this policy shall be at the discretion of the President. Culinary Tech Center management shall be the sole judge of the sufficiency of evidence in such matters.

Disciplinary and administrative decisions regarding this policy shall be made in a manner consistent with applicable law. Culinary Tech Center reserves the right to make referrals to law enforcement authorities, and further may permit law enforcement officials to conduct searches of the school’s facilities at any time.

Biennial Review:

The School Director will review the Drug and Alcohol Policy every two years (during odd numbered years) to ensure it remains current and effective. Any recommendations resultant from this review will be submitted to the President.

Culinary Tech Center has set forth this policy to codify and clarify our ethics standard with regard to education loan providers (lenders).

  • Preferred” lender lists and endorsements of lenders: Culinary Tech Center will not create, maintain, or distribute any listing of “preferred” or “recommended” education loan providers, nor will school staff endorse any particular third-party private education materials on behalf thereof.
  • Promotion of Education Loans: Culinary Tech Center does not engage in a “revenue sharing” arrangement with any private education loan provider, nor enter into any arrangement designed to promote the products, services, and/or public image of such entities.
  • Non-Discrimination in Loan Certification: The Financial Aid Office will certify any private education loan upon request for any eligible student through any private education loan provider. Financial Aid staff will neither favor nor discriminate against any particular provider in giving counsel to student and parent borrowers. However, nothing in this policy shall be construed to prevent Financial Aid Office personnel from giving students and parents’ good counsel to assist the borrower in making an educated loan product/lender choice.
  • Prohibition Against Gifts: Neither Culinary Tech Center nor any of its employees (or their family members) will accept any gift, gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, benefit, or any other item from any private education loan provider. Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting Culinary Tech Center employees from conducting normal banking business with a lending institution that is also an education loan provider; or receiving discounts, premiums, or gifts that are available to the general public based upon that normal banking business.
  • Contracting Arrangements/Advisory Groups: Culinary Tech Center employees may not accept from any private education loan provider any type of fee, payment, expense reimbursement, or other financial benefit as compensation for consulting, advisory, or other services provided relating to education loans.
  • Staffing Assistance: Culinary Tech Center does not utilize private education loan provider staff to work in our offices, nor will we allow them to perform the work of school personnel in other locations.
Student Advisory Regarding Copyright Infringement: The concept of private property is one of the building blocks of our society. To take the property of another without permission is theft. This concept is also applicable to intellectual property, including music and video entertainment.

Students at Culinary Tech Center are prohibited from using school computers, networks, or other electronic devices for the purpose of illegally duplicating or sharing copyrighted material. This not only includes printed material, but downloaded or shared music, video or other media files.

Students who engage in in the illegal duplication or distribution of copyrighted material using Culinary Tech Center’s computers, networks, or other equipment are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the school.

Student Advisory:  Students are advised that the school’s computer network is monitored and all network activity can be observed and traced by school officials.

Transfer Admission: Culinary Tech Center welcomes applications for admission from students who have studied at other accredited post-secondary education institutions. Transfer applicants are subject to the regular admission requirements of the school.

Culinary Tech Center will accept transfer credits from post-secondary institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and legitimate foreign institutions as determined by the school. Transfer credits will be granted on a course-by-course basis based upon substantially equivalent course content. No course for which a student received a grade of less than 2.0 (“C” or equivalent) will be accepted for transfer. Culinary Tech Center reserves the right to validate the student’s knowledge through assessment mechanisms prior to accepting transfer credit.

Regardless of how many credits a student may obtain through transfer or other means, each student must earn at least 50% of all non-externship clock hours and 100% of all externship hours in their chosen program “in-residence” at Culinary Tech Center.

Transferability of Culinary Tech Center Credit:   The acceptance of transfer credit from Culinary Tech Center by another institution is solely at the discretion of the receiving institution. Due to the technical nature of Culinary Tech Center’s programs, transfer of credit may be limited. Students considering transferring to other institutions should consult with that institution to determine their policies, procedures, and willingness to accept credit from Culinary Technician Training.

Culinary Tech Center will make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. It should be noted that due to the technical nature of our programs, some places within our facilities are not accessible to mobility-impaired persons. Further, students with disabilities must be physically able to complete courses with reasonable accommodations. Also, certain physical and intellectual abilities are bona fide occupational qualifications and thus certain disabilities might disqualify a student from any potential employment.

For more information concerning Culinary Tech Center’s facilities and accessibility please contact the School Director at (347) 871-9024.

Citizenship and Community Membership:

Culinary Tech Center encourages our students to be active participants in the American political system as a part of being responsible members of their community.

The Importance of Voting:
Perhaps the simplest and most effective way to participate in our society is to be an informed, participating voter. Culinary Tech Center students are strongly encouraged to register and to vote in State and federal elections.

Voter Registration information for New York State can be found at:  http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html

The qualifications to register to vote in New York State are:

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
  • live at your present address at least 30 days before an election;
  • not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and;
  • not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Once you have registered to vote, you are not required to register again unless you change your residence address, name, or political party affiliation.

Constitution Day:

Each year, Culinary Tech Center celebrates “Constitution Day” on September 17 and offers activities to educate our students about the U.S. system of government and their individual role within it. We believe that in order for Culinary Tech Center to be a responsible part of our community, we should teach our students to do the same.

Culinary Tech Center proudly supports our men and women in uniform and wishes to say “Thank You”, for your service and commitment to our great nation.

Veterans Educational Benefits:  Veterans of the Armed Services are generally eligible for educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA pays some benefits directly to the veteran/student, and some to the school, depending upon which program the veteran/student participates in. The veteran/student must apply for benefits directly with the VA, and Culinary Tech Center will certify the student’s enrollment and academic progress to the VA. The VA makes monthly payments to the student or school as appropriate based upon that certification.

Veterans with a service-connected disability and children/dependents of veterans who were disabled or killed in the line of duty may be eligible for even more generous benefits.

For more information about VA educational benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-GI BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or visit their website at: VA Educational Benefits webpage.

Information about the Graduation/Retention Rates for students enrolled at Culinary Tech Center, and other school information stored at the National Center for Education Statistics. Culinary Tech Center began administering federal Title IV in 2014 so information will not be available at this time.
Transfer of Credit

This Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy applies to all students registered in any program at Culinary Tech Center. Each student is required to make satisfactory academic progress towards the completion of their program. Academic progress is measured both by grade point average (qualitative standard), and by the amount of hours of attendance in the program of study (quantitative standard).

Course Progress Policy: All of the programs at Culinary Tech Center are technical in nature and the achievement of both a passing grade and technical proficiency in each academic subject is required for graduation, as follows:

Program Progress Policy: Minimum Course Grade Minimum Course Attendance Minimum CumulativeGrade Point Average
End of each course 1.5 (65%) 80 percent 2.0 (70%)

Students are expected to maintain appropriate attendance and passing grades in each and every course, along with an acceptable cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the end of every course except for their first course of enrollment.

A student who fails to meet the minimum attendance in a course may be allowed to continue to the subsequent course at the discretion of the School Director while actively pursuing make-up hours. All make-up hours must be completed within the first ten class days of the subsequent course.

Students who have a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 as of the end of any course except the first course attended will be placed on probation for the following course. Students on probation who fail to raise their GPA to the minimum standard by the end of a probationary course will be suspended from the school. Students who fail a course (earn a grade of less than 1.5) may also be suspended depending on the nature of the failure and the availability of remedial/make up time.

Suspended students may request re-admission by attending an academic counseling session with the School Director. Based upon the results of the counseling session, the suspended student may be permitted to return to the school, including return in a subsequent class cohort at the discretion of the School Director.

Academic Progress Policy: In addition to the requirements of the Program Progress Policy (which measures progress in each individual course), each student must meet cumulative Academic Progress Standards throughout his/her program. The cumulative standards are measured each “payment period” (see definition below) and are designed on the premise that each student’s average performance over a series of courses will be substantially higher than the minimum standard for each individual course.

Academic Progress Standards: Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average Cumulative Clock Hours Completed/ Attempted
End of 1st payment period 2.00 75 percent
End of 2nd or subsequent payment period 2.00 80 percent
Additional “Maximum Timeframe” Standard:   Eligibility is also limited to students completing their programs within one and one-half times the normal program length. The maximum timeframe is reached when the student has exceeded one and one-half times the number of scheduled weeks required to graduate from his/her program.   For example, for students with standard enrollment (no transfer or proficiency credit), the maximum timeframe to complete a twenty-four week program is thirty-six weeks (excluding periods of non-enrollment).

 

Consistency with Academic Policies: For purposes of Academic Progress measurement, all issues of grading policy, Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation, attendance, etc. are calculated in accordance with the general academic policies of the school.

Payment Periods: Academic Progress shall be measured at the end of each “payment period”. A “payment period” is defined as one-half (as measured in both weeks and instructional hours) of the student’s program (or remaining period of the program for any student attending less than the entire program length). For students who are eligible for Federal Title IV Financial Aid, these correspond to the “payment periods” for financial aid.

Completed/Attempted Clock Hours: “Attempted Clock Hours” means the number of scheduled instructional hours (clock hours) in the program as listed in the Culinary Tech Center calendar for the enrolled program. “Completed Clock Hours” means the number of “attempted” clock hours a student actually attended or for which he/she received an excused absence.

Transfer Students:   Accepted transfer credit shall be considered as completed coursework for purposes of this policy. However, since no grades are assigned to transfer credit, it will not impact the student’s GPA. Payment periods for transfer students shall be defined individually based upon the remaining period of instruction.

Return after an Absence:   A student who returns after a withdrawal, dismissal, approved Leave of Absence (LOA), or other absence of 180 calendar days or less, shall be evaluated in the same manner as if the absence had not occurred, with the exception of any necessary changes to the start and end dates of a planned payment period.

A student, who returns after a withdrawal, dismissal, or other absence of more than 180 days, shall be measured in a manner consistent with a transfer student as noted above. Regardless of the duration of an absence or LOA, the Culinary Tech Center reserves the right to evaluate any returning student’s knowledge retention and place the student appropriately.

Academic and Financial Aid Warning Status: Students who fail to meet the standards defined above will be placed on Academic and Financial Aid Warning Status for the following payment period. Students in Academic and Financial Aid Warning Status remain eligible for federal student aid.

If a student has not returned to “good” academic standing (according to the standards in the chart) by the end of the Warning Status payment period, the student will be academically dismissed from the school and lose eligibility for federal student aid from that point forward. Such dismissal/loss of eligibility may be subject to appeal (see below).

Regaining Academic Eligibility:

Mitigating Circumstances Appeal: A dismissal (and loss of eligibility for federal financial aid) may be appealed based on mitigating circumstance(s). A mitigating circumstance is defined as an exceptional or unusual event(s) beyond the student’s direct control, which contributed to or caused the academic difficulty. Examples include: the death of a relative, an injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances. Appeal letters should be addressed to the Financial Aid Director and must include a complete description of the circumstances that led to the academic difficulty, how those circumstances have changed, and a plan for future academic success. Copies of supporting documentation should be included. All appeals are reviewed by a committee of academic and administrative staff whose determination is final.

A student for whom a mitigating circumstance appeal is approved will be placed in Academic and Financial Aid Probation Status for one payment period. If the student has not returned to good academic standing (according to the chart) by the end of the subsequent (probation) payment period, the student will be dismissed from Culinary Tech Center and lose eligibility for future financial aid.