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School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

Welcome to the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students of the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism at SUNY Schenectady County Community College, I am pleased to welcome you to the School and our website. The SUNY Schenectady School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism is deeply rooted in a history of hospitality. 

The school is housed in Elston Hall, the former historic Hotel Van Curler. Today, the school offers five Associate degree programs 

Also offered are two concentrations (Culinary Arts A.O.S. - Baking Concentration, and Hotel and Restaurant Management A.A.S - Beverage Management Concentration) and five certificate programs (Assistant Chef, Craft Beer Brewing, Craft Spirit Distillation, Hospitality and Tourism, and Mobile Food Service). These programs are designed to enable our graduates to go directly into the workforce or to transfer on to pursue their bachelor’s degrees. Currently, students have the opportunity on campus to obtain a B.B.A. in Hospitality Management from SUNY Delhi.

What sets us apart from other hospitality schools is our emphasis on hands-on experience. Our Hotel and Restaurant Management A.A.S. and our Culinary Arts A.O.S. degree programs each contain a 600-hour work experience requirement that we feel is invaluable in reinforcing the theoretical experience gained in the classroom. Our Hospitality and Tourism Management A.A.S. and our Craft Beer Brewing A.A.S. each contain an internship course that is required within the curriculum.

In addition, our a la carte restaurant (the Casola Dining Room), our banquets and special events (Van Curler Room and Lally Mohawk Room), our bakeshop (Pane e Dolci) and our butcher shop (Boucherie) provide practical hands-on experience while students participate in classes on campus. Off campus, we have numerous internship opportunities for our students. Most notably for more than 30 years we have sent our students to Disney Land and Disney World to participate in the Disney Internship Program, to the Kentucky Derby with Levy Restaurants, and all over the United States and Canada participating in golf tournaments and music festivals with Spectrum Concessions. These are great opportunities for our students.

In 2012 we were awarded Exemplary status from the American Culinary Federation, as we were granted two concurrent seven-year terms of accreditation with no areas of non-compliance. Today, we are the only post-secondary program in culinary arts accredited by the American Culinary Federation with Exemplary status in New York State. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment!

This is a very exciting time to be in the hospitality industry. We look forward to seeing you as you begin your educational journey and hospitality career.

David E. Brough, Ph.D., CEC, CCE, CCA Dean


Current Students

View the PDF of the 600 hour Work Experience Form.
View the PDF of the 600 hour Volunteer Sheet.
View the PDF of the ACF Student Equipment Worksheet.

Please download and complete the 600 hour Work Experience Form and the ACF Student Equipment Worksheet, scan the forms and send them to as attachments in the same email.

Certified Culinarian

In addition, for Certified Culinarian CC certification, please fill out the attached Program Graduate Application and the ACF Certification Employment Documentation and send to

Steps for the application:

  1. Fill out the front of the application.
  2. Do not fill out financial information.
  3. Do not check the box above your signature on page 2 of the ACFEF Accredited Program Graduate Certification Application if you want your certification accomplishments included in ACF communications or shared with media (Recommended).
  4. Sign, date and send to

View the PDF of the ACF Program Graduate Application
View the PDF of the ACF Employment Documentation Form

Fees associated with the ACF certification for students at SUNY Schenectady are paid for by the Schenectady County Community College Foundation, made possible through the generous support of the Harris Family Fund.