FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2007
Extension Offers Certified Food Handling Course
Last year's E.coli outbreaks, which generated a nationwide scare of spinach and lettuce, placed the handling of food safety standards under a microscope. With this in mind, the College of the Canyons Extension is offering a new one-day class to train and certify California Food Handlers.
"Canyons Extension is excited to be able to offer this important certification class to the local food industry community," said Karen Gorback, Associate Dean for Community Extension and Noncredit Programs.
The class includes hands-on experience and a curriculum that emphasizes the important concepts necessary to become a successful and safe food handler in the state of California. During the last hour of class, students will take the certification exam to become certified food handlers.
Gevork Kazanchyanhas, who will teach the course, is an environmental health specialist for the Los Angeles Public Health Department and has a master's of science in environmental and occupational health. Kazanchyanhas is also an adjunct instructor at College of the Canyons.
The one-day class will be offered twice, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.10, 2007 and Saturday, March 31, 2007. The course fee is $74 and an additional $25 materials fee, which is paid directly to the instructor.
For more information about the certified food handling course call the Canyons Extension at (661) 362-3300 or visit the Canyons Extension website at www.canyons.communityext.net.