Degree Requirements & Course DescriptionsProgram Description

Food Service is one of the fastest growing industries. Schools, hospitals, prisons, universities and the hospitality industry are always in need of trained food service professionals. Merced College provides Foods and Nutrition courses that are designed to provide knowledge and skills to ensure a strong foundation for students.


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Foods and Nutrition:

  • Foods and Nutrition (AA)
  • Foods and Nutrition (CL)
  • Dietetic Service Supervisor (CE)

See Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions

Career Opportunities

Employment of Registered dietitians is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations because of increased emphasis on disease prevention, a growing and aging population and public interest in nutrition. Growth is anticipated in nursing homes, residential care facilities and physicians clinics. There are always opportunities for all levels of Food service, such as:

  • Dietary Service Supervisor
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Registered Dietitian


Foods & Nutrition Faculty

Name Position Office Email/Phone
Jennifer Hobbs Professor VOC-29 (209) 384-6014
Michelle Pecchenino Professor LRC-127 (209) 384-6056
LaVon Cronk Professor (209) 384-6120
Sally Gerling Professor (209) 384-6120
Ben Saewert Professor (209 384-6120
Maricela Torres Professor (209) 384-6120

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