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Successful exam earns dietary credential
By Wanda Agnew, PhD, RD-LRD, UTTC Nutrition & Foodservice Program
25 November 2013

      Itís a pleasure to announce that Heather Demaray is now a credentialed Certified Dietary Manager (CDM). Heather successfully wrote the Student Masters National Certification exam. In fact, she excelled in the exam.

      Heather is a December graduate of the UTTC Nutrition and Foodservice AAS program. She wrote the exam through the Association for Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). The Nutrition and Foodservice Program has maintained connection with ANFP since 2004. The partnership allows students to voluntarily apply for the exam. The costs are supported by USDA Land Grant Equity funds.

CAUSE FOR JOY: At left, Heather Demaray and Wanda Agnew greet the good exam news.

      Prior to application, students must successfully complete course work in Foodservice Operations, Food Protection and Sanitation, Fundamentals of Nutrition and Clinical Diet Therapy.

      The final hurdle for eligibility is when advisors and students together contract for internship sites where they gain practice using the federal Medicare MDS Assessment process. This assists in understanding the connection between patient or customer needs and kitchen food service.

      In addition to the on-campus and on-line AAS degree, UTTC offers a 1-year on-line plan that supports eligibility to apply for the CDM credentialing.

      Heatherís achievement is a singular honor as only a small number of students pursue the exam. Of that group, only a small number pass it.

      Employment opportunities that require this professional credential include long term care centers for the elderly and disabled, hospital transitional care units, and some basic care residential facilities.

      Nationwide, public school systems are examining whether the placement of these credentialed leaders would be advantageous in their food service settings. Evidence shows child health is connected to food preparation and consumption.

      Congratulations to Heather! Your UTTC AAS degree and ANFS credentialing will serve you, your family and your employer well!


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