Learn about careers in school nutrition for DTRs in these master workshops!

Have you been wondering about career opportunities in school nutrition for DTRs? Would you like to know if you have the skills, experience, and education for a position in school nutrition? Not sure where to look for jobs in school nutrition, or even how to get started working in this field?

The Working in School Nutrition – Dietetic Technician Virtual Summit will answer all of these questions and more, plus help you immediately get started on a career path in school nutrition – all from the comfort of your own home!

These expert workshops contain essential information and resources you need to know about working in school nutrition, from the local school district level all the way up to the state and federal levels, plus career opportunities in organizations that support school nutrition as well – all presented by DTRs and RDs currently working in school nutrition.

You will also learn about:

  • Federal Child Nutrition Programs
  • Grants and school nutrition programs
  • Entitlement programs in school nutrition
  • Federal and state regulations
  • Marketing your school nutrition programs
  • Challenges of running a school nutrition program
  • Plus much more!

Who is presenting?

Check out the exciting lineup of experienced and expert speakers!

Intro to School Nutrition: A Foundation and the Facts

Kursten Orr, DTR

We will be going over the basics of school nutrition, including some of the entitlement programs that feed our nation's children, funding and the idea of universal free meals, meal patterns and nutrition requirements, training requirements, and challenges of running a program. We will also dive into the 2020 headlines related to relaxing school nutrition standards, going beyond what is being presented and into what is really being proposed.

Kursten returned to school to complete her AAS in Dietetic Technician through Central Arizona College, 10 years after graduating with a BA in Elementary Education. She didn't know what direction she wanted to take in nutrition, but she is glad she made a stop in clinical nutrition while trying to decide. Kursten says working in clinical nutrition allowed her to interact with a wonderfully diverse group of people and helped her develop a strong nutrition foundation, which she finds valuable in her current position. School nutrition is a much larger and more regulated field then most people realize. Making the leap to school nutrition was an exciting move for Kursten and an opportunity for intense learning and growth. The work is diverse - no two days are the same, and the rewards are huge.


Careers in School Nutrition

Kathryn Oliver, DTR 

The presentation reviews specifically how DTRs' education and expertise align to the qualifications required to secure a position in school nutrition. The presentation also outlines the history and goals of the Child Nutrition Program.

Kathy received her AAS degree in Food Service/Hospitality Administration, majoring in Dietetic Technology from the State University of New York at Cobleskill, after attending Clarkson College for two years in the Biology Department. Throughout her 30 year career, she has had the opportunity to work in varied positions and has had some great mentors. This has allowed Kathy to obtain a wide base of experience, including clinical nutrition, elder care, educating clients, management of food service systems, training staff, cooking, and administration of federal nutrition programs. She has expertise in long term care, USDA child nutrition programs, and food safety/sanitation.


The Ins and Outs of School Nutrition

Stephanie Hodges, MS, MPH, RDN

This presentation will cover how school nutrition programs work, as well as the employment opportunities for DTRs. It will break down the education and experience requirements for the school nutrition director position from USDA. It will also cover how grants can enhance school nutrition programs.

Stephanie Hodges (MS, MPH, RDN) is the founder and owner of The Nourished Principles, a public health and nutrition consulting business. Prior to founding her business, Stephanie worked in the child nutrition and food insecurity space where she developed, implemented, and evaluated programs and policies that supported public health nutrition. She currently works with clients to strengthen nutrition and wellness within school districts, implement strong public health nutrition programs and policies, and engage and inform consumers on nutrition, and public health topics. 


Make a Difference with Marketing: How DTRs Can Effectively Market School Meals

Whitney Bateson, MPH, RD

As school nutrition professionals, our first priority is serving our students and delivering a meal program that nourishes them for the school day and beyond. It’s important we maintain this focus on the customer as we develop our menus, programs, and marketing; engaging our students and seeking input continuously. Marketing is an important tool in achieving these goals, and in this presentation, participants will understand the purpose of marketing and its applications to school nutrition programs, and how DTRs can make an impact in implementing effective marketing strategies in their own districts.

Whitney has spent nearly 10 years working in the school nutrition industry and has developed marketing and operational programs for school districts across the country resulting in increased participation, revenue, and customer satisfaction. Seeing a need for more focused marketing services for the nutrition industry, Whitney founded Whitney Bateson Digital Strategy in 2018 to deliver marketing services specifically designed for nutrition professionals and the school nutrition industry. Her agency specializes in marketing consulting and training, web design, and digital marketing services. Formerly based in Washington, DC, Whitney now travels the world as a digital nomad and supports her clients from home offices, cafes, and workspaces globally.

Would you like to know...

if you have the skills, experience, and education for a position in school nutrition?

Here is why you should attend this online conference!

Get all this from the comfort of your own home!

  • Instant access to on-demand recordings of expert speakers – available online anywhere at any time

  • Numerous resources and templates

  • Private Facebook discussion group just for attendees and speakers

  • Preapproved for 4 CEUs for DTRs and RDs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

  • BONUS! Virtual Summit Implementation Plan - a workbook to help you implement everything you learned!

FAQ

  • Who can attend?

    Anyone can attend! However, this online conference is designed for those who have a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) credential. It is approved for 4 CEUs (for DTRs and RDs) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

  • Where is this online conference held?

    Anywhere you want it to! It is 100% online, and you will have instant access to all on-demand presentations so you can watch whenever, wherever you have internet.

  • Can you earn CEUs?

    This online conference is approved for 4 CEUs (for DTRs and RDs) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The suggested learning need codes are 1000 and 8110. The suggested performance indicators are 2.3.2, 3.2.2, 8.3.4, and 11.3.1.

  • How long do I have to watch the presentations?

    While you will always have access to the course, you must complete the course within the specified time frame to earn the CEUs: live event (one year); self-study version (three years)

  • Are refunds available?

    Because this event is being held entirely online, refunds will not be available.

  • What if I still have questions?

    Send an e-mail message to info@diettechcentral.com!

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Testimonials

5 star rating

School Nutrition Summit

Vera Bartasavich, M.Ed., CHES, NDTR

The speakers were diverse in their knowledge and education providing a good overall perspective of what someone with a DTR credential could do with school nu...

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The speakers were diverse in their knowledge and education providing a good overall perspective of what someone with a DTR credential could do with school nutrition. Very helpful information from all speakers sharing their path into the profession and how they have succeeded.

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Great information

Julie Caputo

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Great Learning Experience

Tanya Humphrey

I enjoyed the Dietetic Technician Virtual Summit 2019 which had a great array of different speakers. I thought it was great information for beginning DTR's. ...

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I enjoyed the Dietetic Technician Virtual Summit 2019 which had a great array of different speakers. I thought it was great information for beginning DTR's. In addition, I believe I have found a new love in LEAP therapy. My future goal is to get LEAP certified. Thank you to all the speakers and Diet Tech Central for providing such great information and education!

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Good Title

Cynthia Kokenos

A lot of good information

A lot of good information

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Back to the basics

Emily R. B. Block

This was a very good general overview of different aspects of working in school nutrition programs, and I appreciated the refresher. I would love a deeper di...

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This was a very good general overview of different aspects of working in school nutrition programs, and I appreciated the refresher. I would love a deeper dive into each unit of this Summit!

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