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Three-Week Food Handling Certification Course Offered at College


DATE: July 31, 2008

CONTACT: Lisa Saunders

(845) 574-4244



Three-Week Food Handling Certification Course Offered at SUNY Rockland Community College


Suffern, NY - ServSafe, a three-week, 9-hour certification course for food handlers, is offered at SUNY Rockland Community College.


Session dates/time/cost:

Saturdays, Sept. 6 - 20, 9:00 a.m. – Noon. Cost: $199

Saturdays, Oct. 11 - 25, 9:00 a.m. – Noon. Cost: $199

Location: Student Union, Room 3101, Rockland Community College, 145 College Rd., Suffern.


EXAM DATES ONLY for those who have self-studied: Tuesday, Sept 16 and Tuesday October 14. Cost: $36


Restaurants, hospitals and corporate food service establishments require employees such as managers, chefs, and servers to have ServSafe Certification. The Rockland County Department of Health will be referring food service employees to RCC to obtain this certification. ServSafe is approved by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Topics include purchasing, receiving, storage, preparation, cleaning and sanitation, pest management and safety training. A certification exam will be given at the conclusion of the course.


Linda Espinell of Monroe, a 45-year-old former computer systems professional, took ServSafe in the winter of ’08 with her sister Maribel Quintero of New City. They both dreamed of owning their own restaurant. Thanks to taking the course, they gained the knowledge necessary to design their own commercial kitchen, without hiring a kitchen designer. “After our first meeting with the Rockland County Board of Health, we learned our plans were perfect! It was a terrific accomplishment, especially since we saved so much money by designing it ourselves.”


The instructor of ServSafe, Scott Goldman, is a Certified ServSafe Instructor and Certified Proctor. In the restaurant industry for 25 years, Goldman has built, run and designed several food service establishments.


To register, contact the Center for Personal & Professional Development at (845) 574-4151. For more information about the course, contact Wendy Gordon, adjunct faculty, Hospitality, at 845-574-4551 or visit



Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality a price you can afford.

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