Job openings plentiful for Certified Dietary Manager graduates

Published 12:44 pm Monday, November 22, 2021

Dietary jobs are plentiful but the “Horn of Plenty” must wait for another Thanksgiving to fill vacancies.

Lisa Blackburn, director of the Foodservice online training at TCAT Elizabethton, told members of the TCAT Dietary Advisory Committee recently that Claxton Solutions has job openings around the country. “They are shared with the class but most of them are out of this area.”

The committee was also told the pass rate of TCAT graduates to become a Certified Dietary Manager is 67 percent compared with the national rate of 67.5 percent. The current employment rate of TCAT graduates is 100 percent.

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The online CDM program at TCAT takes eight months to complete. Field training with a preceptor is a part of the program. Financial assistance to pay tuition and textbooks is available from the American Job Center in Elizabethton.

Blackburn said there are 17 online students in the current class, five in the second term and seven students who will begin the training in the spring term.

TCAT Elizabethton is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents and accredited by the Council of the Commission on Occupational Education. TCAT Elizabethton is also a regional National Coalition Certification Center (NC3). TCAT Elizabethton awards diplomas and certificates in a variety of career and technical education programs that may be completed in three to 20 months. Currently, about 1,000 students are enrolled in day and evening classes.

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