Culinary Arts and Hospitality Continuing Education

Hospitality Retail Business Summit: Hotel & Lodging

Chefs working in a professional kitchen Wednesday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Attendees will learn about the thriving state of the Hotel and Lodging area of the Hospitality Retail Industry in Durham and Orange counties. There will also be two break-out session tracks: Corporate Pathways and Entrepreneurial Pathways.

While enjoying breakfast and lunch (provided), learn tips from industry experts on the dress code and expectations of the Hotel and Lodging industry, and about the resources Durham Tech can offer to assist with professional attire. Listen to Durham Tech students from the BUS 139 Entrepreneurship I course pitch their industry-related product ideas to a shark tank of experts who will help them refine their proposals. Find out whose ideas will sink and whose will swim! Finally, participate in a meet-and-greet with hotel managers and career service professionals who will talk with students about their career and educational aspirations in the Hotel and Lodging Industry. View the flier (pdf)

Hear from local education and business experts on a variety of topics:

  • Degree programs
  • Industry certifications
  • Types of job openings
  • Independent vs. franchise/chain
  • Industry-specific products and vendors
  • Ascending the corporate ladder

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This event is made possible in part by support from Achieving the Dream and the Walmart Foundation.


Become a bartender or improve your bartending skills. Gain mastery in cocktail preparation and techniques, as well as how to recommend wine. Learn industry recipes, vernacular, product usage, sanitation, bar set-up, customer service, etiquette, garnishes, and frozen drink preparation. Become RASP/TIPS/BARS certified and gain a fundamental knowledge of North Carolina ABC laws and regulations. While open to beginners, this course also serves as a refresher for bartenders wanting to fortify their skills. Colored water is used in class. Students must be 21 years old. 15 hours. $89

Please use the Continuing Education Registration form when registering for this course. (online enrollment not available)

48582 T 9/1–10/6 6–8:30 p.m. CEC 611 August 25 registration deadline

Culinary Arts Career Training Program

This entry-level classroom and hands-on culinary program provides industry-related training recommended by food service professionals for a successful career in culinary. Included in this program are: ServSafe for Managers and ServSafe Alcohol, two of the most widely accepted food safety and alcohol service certifications recognized by most local, state, and national health department officials; career readiness to help develop a professional resume and interviewing skills; the National Career Readiness Certificate; and business seminars on food service entrepreneurship. 147 hours. $580
Read the frequently asked questions for more information.

This course qualifies for financial assistance.

45494 MTTh 8/17–12/10 6–9 p.m. DRES August 10 registration deadline

ServSafe (Food Safety Training)

ServSafe is a nationally recognized food safety and sanitation training program. It is designed for experienced food service employees and managers who need to comply with local and state health department requirements for food manager/food handler certification or recertification. Key topics include contamination and food-borne illnesses; food protection; HACCP; cleaning, sanitizing, and accident prevention. ServSafe Manager Book, 6th edition, (English, with Answer Key for Paper and Pencil), ISBN 978-0133075687, is the required textbook and must be brought to the first class. It can be purchased online at 16 hours. $74

48659 Sat 10/3–10/24 9 a.m.–1 p.m. CEC 602 Sept. 26 registration deadline

START Careers in Hotel and Lodging

Developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), the START program provides students with real-world knowledge and skills needed for a long-term career in the lodging industry. START (Skills, Tasks, and Results Training) provides training for all divisions of a lodging operation, including front desk, reservations, housekeeping, bell services, restaurant service, banquet setup, and more. This is the only hospitality training curriculum endorsed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and is supported by its network of more than 10,000 hotel owners. Students who successfully complete the START program may earn up to six industry-recognized and portable professional certifications. Students may qualify for a 40-hour externship that will connect them directly with local employers. For more information view the frequently asked questions. 250 hours. $505.35

Read about the program: START Class Prepares Students for Careers in Durham, North Carolina’s New Hotels

Scholarship funds are available. The application deadline is August 10.

48622 TWTh 8/18–12/10 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. CEC 603 August 11 registration deadline

Learn more about START in this video!