Community College of Philadelphia has developed an innovative non-credit course to serve the food truck and food cart industry and widen the path to possibilities for their own culinary art graduates eying entrepreneurship.
The non-credit Mobile Food Management: Introduction to Food Truck Entrepreneurship course, which began in Fall 2014, is among the first of its kind offered by an accredited institution of higher education. Courses currently available tend to be geared more toward upwardly mobile professionals seeking lucrative second careers. This course reveals the industry stars’ secrets of success to ordinary people seeking to build a better future upon mom’s apple pie or Aunt Eloise’s macaroni. “If you are ambitious and motivated, your background doesn’t matter in this industry,” says Waverly Coleman, executive director of Corporate Solutions.
The courses are divided into three sections, each offering one three-hour class on Wednesday evening for six consecutive weeks. Throughout the course, established food truck owners, including five who graduated from Community College of Philadelphia, bring along mobile food trucks and share their tough lessons learned through experience. In addition, the classes provide an overview of business regulation and licensing, free resources, financing, social media and branding, and the dos-and-don’ts. The next section starts November 12. That course will cover: design, cost and budgeting for a mobile food unit; marketing a food truck or food cart through social media and website management; and fostering solid community relations. Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, which is offered through the College’s Corporate Solutions unit. Class sections are designed so they can be taken in any order.
Registration for each section is $249. For more information and to register, visit www.ccp.edu/foodtruck. For more information call 215-496-6158 or e-mail [email protected].