The Nutrition Program at Mt. San Antonio College offers a certificate in Nutrition that is designed to give students basic knowledge and skills in nutrition science, food science, food preparation, and food safety and sanitation. These core courses provide the necessary skills for those seeking entry-level employment as nutrition assistants or dietary service workers in hospital or school food service or with community agencies such as The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Head Start.
The Mt. SAC Nutrition and Food Education Program provides individuals, families, and community members with the knowledge and skills to make informed choices about healthful diets, to reduce risks of food borne illness and chronic disease, and to efficiently manage food resources that support their physiological health and economic and social well-being.
- Provide high quality instruction in the subjects of nutrition and foods, incorporating the latest in information, innovative teaching methods, and technology, to increase concept mastery, enhance meaningful self-evaluation and promote lifelong personal well being.
- Prepare students for careers in Nutrition and Dietetics by increasing understanding of the field and by offering networking opportunities, through meetings and forums, partnering with industry, staff development, mentoring, and alumni involvement.
- Achieve adequate and stable faculty and lab assistant staffing levels to ensure an exemplary NF program that supports students' personal and career goals.
- Ensure optimal equipment and allocation of classroom and lab space that meets the needs of the NF and HRM programs, both in the current building (19B) and in the future Business Division building.
- Secure additional funding for nutrition and foods courses to enhance student learning.
- Develop courses across the curriculum to support or encourage interaction with other programs (e.g., HRM) or other disciplines (e.g., Child Development or Physical Education).