Child Nutrition Training Academy

School Nutrition Association Level I & II Certification Training

NENT Child Nutrition Training Academy

University of Nebraska – Lincoln East Campus

Mission: To provide training for school nutrition professionals to build accountable, healthy school nutrition environments that promote students’ nutritional well-being and academic achievement.

For 50 years, the Nebraska Department of Education and the University of Nebraska Lincoln have had a history of delivering quality educational experiences for school food service managers and nutrition staff members. That tradition will continue as we adapt to recent changes in professional standards and education requirements to offer a reformatted educational program, the Child Nutrition Training Academy.

Manager Academy 

  • Topics in management, marketing, nutrition, menu planning, purchasing
  • Meets Professional Education Standards for School Foodservice Managers
  • Recommended for staff responsible for day to day management of school meal program such as food service managers or directors, supervisors, head cooks, and potential managers
  • Coursework eligible for Level 3 School Nutrition Association (SNA) Certification*

*Earn 86 hours over 2 year period – must have high school diploma or equivalent


 Staff Academy

  • Topics in nutrition and food safety
  • Recommended for production & service personnel
  • Coursework eligible for Level 2 SNA Certification*

*16 hours – must have high school diploma or equivalent


Continuing Education Academy

  • Multiple Topics for Professional Development
  • Hours will vary depending on courses offered

The training academy is a learning environment that cultures professionalism, builds confidence, inspires critical thinking and cultivates creativity through experiential learning. Your district will benefit from increased participation, program integrity, improved staff morale, and boost in student satisfaction. A broad range of topics including nutrition, food safety, supervision, communication, farm to school, special diets, and cost control are offered. In addition, participants will gain valuable experience planning nutritious, student-friendly meals, maximizing commodity utilization and marketing the school meal program.

For more information about SNA Certification visit the National School Nutrition Association’s website at:


For more information contact:

Beth Haas, NDE Nutrition Services
Program Specialist
Phone (402) 471-0453
Toll Free (800) 731-2233
Fax: (402) 471-4407


If any participants require a sign language interpreter, alternate formats of print materials or wheelchair accessibility, please notify our office at least two weeks prior to the workshop date at (402) 471-2488 or (800) 731-2233.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.