The Rocky Mountain Chefs of Colorado Apprenticeship Program

The Chef's' Apprenticeship Program is offered through the Rocky Mountain Chefs of Colorado with college credit available through Red Rocks Community College. Interested students must attend an orientation session. Orientation dates, times, and location are listed on this website. All interested students must prepare themselves prior to orientation sessions by reading information and understanding apprenticeship, requirements, step-by-step procedures, how to apply, and tuition requirements.

Note: 2015 orientation sessions will begin March 30, 2015. Orientation dates and times are now available here.

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What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program combined with technical classroom instruction. This program combines an Associate of Applied Science degree with 6000-hour (3 Year) European-style Dual registered apprenticeship. Students study the classical foundations of modern cuisine as well as a broad scope of business courses designed to prepare individuals for the challenges of today’s food service industry, while getting paid for each hour worked.

Benefits to the Apprentice

  • Develop real world skills based on job experience
  • Create career paths with long term financial security
  • Provide full time employment
  • Create documented skills
  • Develop a personal philosophical base that builds ideals for a successful culinary career
  • Develop professional work ethics through a commitment to the apprenticeship program
  • "Earn while you learn" philosophy
  • Earn progressively higher wages over the term of training
  • Experience long term financial benefits
  • Receive nationally and internationally recognized credentials upon completion
  • Develop documented skills that are transferable
  • Develop a personal sense of pride and professionalism necessary for success in the hospitality industry
  • Three year culinary education
  • Lab and classroom construction that compliments work instruction
  • Offered Associates of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts, transferable to 4 year institutions and higher


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