For 53 years, the Nebraska Department of Education and the University of Nebraska Lincoln have delivered quality educational experiences for school food service managers and nutrition staff members. This tradition of quality educational programming continues through the Child Nutrition Training Academy. The academy is designed to fit the needs of both new and experienced school food service professionals by offering three training opportunities. 

YEAR 1 (Limited to 35), June 6-10:

  • •  Recommended for school food service directors, managers and staff
  • •  Topics include school nutrition 101; basic culinary math; Buy American Provision; utilizing the cafeteria as a classroom; managing personalities and conflict; financial management; and menu planning
  • •  Coursework eligible for Level 2 School Nutrition Association (SNA) Certification*

*40 hours – must have high school diploma or equivalent

The Training Academy is a learning environment which strengthens professionalism, builds confidence, inspires critical thinking, and cultivates creativity through experiential learning. Your district will benefit from a better understanding of program regulations to ensure integrity. Attendees will create S.M.A.R.T. goals to encourage accountability for changes they would like to implement in their food service operation.

For more information about SNA Certification, visit the Child Nutrition Training Academy website at:

Location & Schedule

Classes will be taught in the East Campus Union, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, located at 35th and Holdrege Streets. The campus address is 1705 Arbor Drive, Lincoln, NE.   

Check in on Monday, June 6, between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.. You will receive your materials as well as your name badge. Breakfast will be provided on Monday, June 6 as there will be a quick meeting from 7:30 - 7:50 a.m. for all participants.

Classes are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday June 6 - Thursday June 9. Lunch is on your own each day.

Classes are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10. Lunch will be provided as we will have a working lunch on the last day.


To register, please utilize this link: Child Nutrition Training Academy Registration

Participants must be at least 19 years of age to attend the Child Nutrition Training Academy.

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The early bird registration deadline is April 18, 2022. All registrations and payments must be postmarked by May 18, 2022. 

For questions about the training, please contact Beth Haas, Program Specialist – Nutrition Services at 402-417-3324 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions about housing, please contact Joan Kunzman at 402-472-3867 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..