We are thrilled that you have decided to invest in your future by enrolling in our Culinary Arts Job Training Program! As you know, NECAT students are expected to take on a lot of responsibilities during their time in the program, which include showing up every day, participating and volunteering, committing to your education, and working with us to get you a great job in the culinary field once you graduate. Here are a couple of important notes for helping you succeed at NECAT.


All students must achieve at least an 85% on-time attendance rate. This means arriving at NECAT with ample time to change into full uniform before lineup begins and staying until class is dismissed at the end of the day. It also means fully participating, whether it’s in the classroom, in a workshop, during a career coaching session, cooking in the kitchen or helping with clean up. Anytime you expect to be late or absent, you should contact Student Services or your Chef Instructor as soon as you can.

NECAT does not charge tuition. In the past, we have required that our students pay a $200 fee to cover a portion of the cost of student supplies (textbooks, uniforms, knife kits, food, etc.) Due to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic that has impacted so many in our community, we have removed this fee for the foreseeable future.

NECAT follows the Boston Public Schools closing schedule and all closings are posted on our Facebook page.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Elise Brandwein

Student Services Director
(617) 442-3600 x704


NECAT has a powerful network of hundreds of alumni across the Boston area. It’s important to us that we continue supporting our graduates, working with them to achieve their long-term goals. We are acutely aware that our alumni have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and that many have lost employment in food service jobs. NECAT is always here to help. If you want any assistance with updating your resume, or finding a new job, please get in touch.

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