Admission to Detroit Institute of Gastronomy is a multi-step process which consists of evaluation of prior academic experience and assessment for post-secondary readiness of eligible applicants. Applications for admission are processed by DIG. Students are required to submit to Detroit Institute of Gastronomy transcripts from other institutes they have attended, an earned GED transcript, or a high school transcript if the student is entering DIG directly from high school. If transcripts are not in English, they will be translated and evaluated by a third party with expertise in the educational practices of the country of origin. All transcripts become the property of Detroit Institute of Gastronomy and each student’s record.
DIG offers an open application process with the application
for admissions to be completed online.
Once reviewed, a member of the student concierge team will schedule a
convenient appointment to discuss with the student the requested program and
its requirements as well as to further explain the admissions requirements,
start dates, and the student’s motivation and commitment to the training.
Applicants must be a high school graduate, or equivalent,
with an eligible starting age no less than 17 years of age. Applicants must send their final secondary
school transcript or equivalent, showing proof of graduation before they can be
accepted for enrollment. Applicants who
have attended a postsecondary education institution that is accredited by an
agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and who have completed an
associate’s degree or higher may use their official postsecondary school
transcript to establish proof of high school graduation/GED. All applicants
must also meet the specific requirements as stated by the individual state DOL
registration agency. (Applicants must be
physically fit to perform the work of the trade and may be subject to a medical
examination prior to being employed.)
The applicant may have to verify an English language
proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English and have not
completed education from an appropriately accredited institution where English
is the principle language of instruction.
The applicant must satisfy the local apprenticeship advisory
committee requirements of having the ability, aptitude, and desire to master
the rudiments of the trade by completing the application process objectives.
Previous work experience is not a prerequisite for entering this program,
however, previous work experience can be considered during the selection
The place of employment can require the student to meet
additional employment specific requirements. **All requirements will be listed
by the employer in the Appendix D documentation. These requirements can include
but are not limited to: a criminal background check, preventative health care
check, and/or drug testing. A history of
a criminal background and/or drug abuse can be reason to deny an applicant a
specific apprenticeship site.
The following evaluative
objectives are suggested in the DOL standards and utilized by DIG:
1. Culinary arts knowledge check 0
2. Previous related work experience (references) 10
3. One letter of recommendation 30
4. Interview (physical adaptability, interest, and sincerity) 30
5. One essay of 650 words or video submission 30
Institute of Gastronomy will inform applicants they have been accepted for
admission. The Detroit Institute of Gastronomy communicates to the applicant
and document the basis for any denial of admission.
Once an applicant has been accepted for enrollment of DIG,
the applicant will secure their place for the next academic quarter by paying a
non-refundable commitment deposit. Once
secured, the applicant will be contacted by the concierge team to complete the
official enrollment paperwork and begin the orientation process.
An orientation session is mandatory for all new students
prior to the registration of classes.
This session provides an opportunity for students to become familiar
with policies and regulations and learn more about their program and the services
of the Institute.
With the support of the student concierge team and subject
to class availability, enrolled students may register for classes at any time
up to 14 days prior to the start of a new quarter. A student’s start date may
be subject to apprenticeship site availability.
Detroit Institute of Gastronomy offers several manageable
payment solutions for your convenience.
The student apprentice shall serve a probationary period of
no more than 25% of the hours of the program which is equal to 1000 hours. This period begins once the student is
registered as an apprentice and classes begin.
During the probationary period, the apprentice or the program
coordinator may terminate the apprenticeship agreement, without stated cause,
by notifying the other party in writing.
The probationary period is full credit towards completing the program.
If a student was allowed to enroll under a waiver for
receipt of transcripts or other required forms and does not supply the
information in the time frame agreed to, DIG personnel will place a hold on the
student’s record. That hold will block registration for subsequent terms.
A student at Detroit Institute of Gastronomy who has been
gone for a calendar year or longer without enrolling for a class at DIG is
required to complete full admissions process including a new application before
registering for class(es).
The Detroit Institute of Gastronomy Campus Bookstore can be
reached by logging into your student portal. Students may purchase textbooks,
professional kitchen supplies, school supplies, backpacks, notebooks, etc.,
from this online campus store. In addition, the online bookstore carries
special DIG clothing – shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and more.
The cost of tuition and fees includes
the complete professional knife kit which includes the instructional kitchen equipment
for all classes. Culinary Arts students are also supplied with two chef coats,
two chef pants, a chef hat during the first quarter of training. All other
instructional supplies including textbooks, the cost of replacement supplies
for previously issued items are the responsibility of the student.
Soil2Service, Inc. (S2S) awards DIG students grants and
scholarships. Applications for these programs are available on the
Soil2Service, Inc. website (www.S2S.org) under scholarships and grants.
Students who receive a S2S grant or scholarship must maintain at least a “Good Standing” academic status. Students must check with the DIG concierge before dropping any classes during the quarter. If a student who is awarded a S2S scholarships or grant completely withdraws from classes, the student may be responsible for repaying a portion or all the scholarship and grant.
Veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their dependents may
be entitled to educational benefits. To apply for benefits, Veterans and their
eligible dependents may consult the Concierge for information and assistance.
As a student of DIG, you are offered the ability to purchase
a Chromebook at a discounted rate. Please
log into — to review the offer and purchase.
By signing and submitting an enrollment agreement to Detroit Institute of Gastronomy, you understand that your name, voice, quotations, and photographic likeness – including video footage – may be used in all forms of media for advertising, trade, and any other lawful purposes on behalf of Soil2Service, Inc. and Detroit Institute of Gastronomy. You will not receive now or in the future any compensation for this usage. You also understand that your name, quotations, and photographic likeness may be gathered from and posted to DIG’s social media sites and website and can be downloaded by any computer user.
You also understand
that, as a student age 18 or older, it is your responsibility to notify the
Detroit Institute of Gastronomy, if you refuse to have your name, quotations,
or photographic likeness used for the Institute’s unlimited lawful purposes. In addition, all students under the age of 18
must have parental or guardian permission for his/her name, quotations, or
photographic likeness to be used by the Institute. In this instance, this form
may be obtained from your concierge team.