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Bakersfield Foodservice Management Program: Empowering Culinary Leaders for Success

Stacey Childress
BY Stacey Childress
Director of Marketing and Systems
August 2, 2023

CSU Bakersfield Extended Education is pleased to announce the launch of the Bakersfield Foodservice Management Program, a joint venture in partnership with the CSUB Small Business Development Center and funded by a grant from the city of Bakersfield. 

Designed to equip current and aspiring culinary professionals with the essential skills and knowledge to excel in the dynamic world of foodservice management, the free and 100% online program offers students the opportunity to beef up their foodservice business acumen and efficiency.

“During COVID, so many businesses were affected by the shutdown, none more so than our local restaurant and food service industry,” said Jennifer Patino, Director of Professional and Continuing Education at CSUB. “By partnering with the city of Bakersfield to offer the Bakersfield Foodservice Management Program, we hope to strengthen economic recovery and help rebuild one of the many industries that makes Bakersfield a wonderful place to live.”

As the foodservice industry continues to evolve rapidly, the skills needed to successfully navigate the intricacies of foodservice management is at an all-time high. Recognizing this need, CSU Bakersfield Extended Education has designed a robust program to address the requirements of this fast-paced sector.

Students that complete the program may also be eligible for grants ranging from $5,000 – $10,000 from the city of Bakersfield to help build or expand their business. 

“This grant program will make an enormous impact for many small and microbusinesses in Bakersfield that are working hard to navigate a post-COVID world,” said Jenni Byers, Assistant Director, Economic & Community Development Department. “These businesses face many challenges already, and this program will help set them up for success and impact our local economy in a positive way.”
Developed by foodservice industry experts, the program combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on training to ensure students are well-prepared to tackle the challenges of the foodservice industry.

The program covers a range of critical topics, including:

  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Understanding City/Government Requirements
  • Budgeting and Financial Projections
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Inventory Management
  • Staff Training
  • Expansion
  • And more!

Registration for the Bakersfield Foodservice Management Program is now open. Interested individuals can visit the program website at to learn more and secure their spot in this transformative program. 

The program’s first course will open in September. Full details regarding admission requirements, business and income details, and more can be found on the program website at