In the bakeryA Dozen Differences

The NECI Difference

1. You Learn by Living It

The education you receive in our working restaurants with the public prepares you for career success when you graduate and enter this demanding profession. NECI graduates are among the most sought after in the industry.

2. We're Just Your Size

We have one of the lowest student-teacher ratios among post-secondary culinary schools. That translates to more individual attention and more time to create your own unique culinary style. No large lectures, only personalized attention.

3. What's in a Name?

You'll never feel like a number at NECI. You and your instructors will work closely together every day, forming relationships that can last a lifetime. Individualized attention and a genuine interest in your success is a cornerstone of a NECI education.

4. Where Credit Is Due

Take a look at the credit hours you can earn in a NECI degree program and it's easy to see why we have established such a strong reputation in the industry. The combination of academic and hands-on learning prepares you to compete successfully at the highest levels in culinary arts.

5. Local Motion

The freshest ingredients are the ones that have the shortest distance to travel from the farm to the table. We believe in the value of working closely with local farmers, producers, and companies. As a NECI student, you will see first-hand where the food you prepare comes from and learn about its origins.

6. Past Perfect

Many students come to NECI with past industry experience. Our Advanced Placement program allows qualified candidates to earn credit for previous experience, saving you time and money.

7. The Hills Are Alive

Vermont is beautiful. Rolling hills, clear rivers and lakes, quaint New England villages, thriving college towns and cultural centers are only minutes from our campuses. Ski, snowboard, hike, bike, kayak, visit a farmers market or attend one of many concerts and festivals held throughout the year. Every season in Vermont brings with it unique experiences and activities.

8. Friends for Life

NECI provides every graduate with lifetime Career Services assistance. Whether you're looking for a job, trying to fill an opening in your own restaurant, or want to discuss new culinary goals, our Career Services staff is here to help you.

9. Life in the Fast Lane

Our restaurants' kitchens are our classrooms. Every day presents new learning situations that will put your education to the test. When you graduate, you will be prepared for the rigors of this demanding industry and the incredible opportunities that await you.

10. A House United

A well-rounded education from NECI lets you feel at home no matter in which part of the "house" you find yourself. To become the best in the business, today's professionals need to not only understand how a professional kitchen operates, they must also be familiar with front-of-house operations, catering, purchasing, management, entrepreneurship, human resources, and much more.

11. Around the World

All of our education programs include 700-hour externships. We have relationships with resorts, restaurants, and other companies that span the globe, and we work closely with you to identify the right externship site for your skills and interests.

12. The Most Important Difference of All – You

Students come to NECI because they are already attuned to what makes us different. That means you'll be learning alongside the best and most creative people, and one day you will be working in the industry – making a difference, too.