Newark Institute of Culinary Education (NICE)

Re-Engaging Students Through Career Technical Education & Social and Emotional Learning!

The Newark Institute of Culinary Education, is an inter-district service providing enhanced related service options to the young men and woman in our partner schools.

Students are selected to participate in the NICE–shared time program by our partners based on a fluid set of criteria which includes student interest.

The Newark Institute of Culinary Education, “NICE”, launched in October of 2016, as a shared-time program whose goals are:
  • Offer Career and Technical Education pathways that lead to standard high school diplomas and industry valued credentials.
  • Provide Social and Emotional Supports that lead to increased attendance rates and fewer disciplinary concerns.
  • Provide Structured Learning Experiences that support an increase in the rate of students graduating with the prerequisites skills to move directly into and sustain in post-secondary education and/or employment.

NICE currently has ninth, tenth, twelfth grade students enrolled. Students attend from 8:30-2:30 pm on a rotating A/B day schedule.

NICE uses industry standard curricula with a focus on Commercial Food preparation. During each semester, students are graded via performance task aligned to the Culinary Arts skill module and its accompanying assignments from the Culinary Arts text. Students will exit SERVSAFE Food Handler Credentialed. It is the program’s plan that at the end of Culinary Arts III, students will take and pass the NJDOE-OCTE Recognized Assessment (NOCTI).

In addition to the NICE Culinary arts component, students receive onsite SEL support via daily morning meetings and counseling.
They also receive onsite academic support by an Academic Support Team comprised of a Project Coordinator, Teachers and Para-Professionals.

Our current partners are:

  • West Side High School – Mr. Larry Ramkissoon, Principal
  • Barringer Arts and Humanities – Dr. Kimberly Honnick, Principal
  • New Jersey Regional Day – Ms. Jennifer Mitchell, Principal
  • Office of Special Education – Ms. Marilyn Mitchell,Deputy ED Director for Special Education

The NICE Staff:

  • Dr. Wanda Brooks-Long, Principal/Program Director
  • Ms. Ava McLeod, Social Worker
  • Chef Joseph Amabile
  • Chef James Barry
  • Ms. Kiesha Lewis, Program, Para-Professional