Two ECC Instructors Receive Professional Accreditation

Union, MO. - A pair of East Central College faculty members, Mike Palazzola and Elizabeth Long, have achieved professional credentials. 

Chef Palazzola, ECC culinary arts instructor, completed and earned the American Culinary Federation’s respected level of certified executive chef. 

To earn CEC status, Palazzola had to pass an extensive written exam.  He also traveled to Arkansas for an all-day practical cooking exam that was judged by other certified executive chefs.

“We are very proud of Mike’s accomplishment,” stated Chef Ted Hirschi, coordinator of ECC’s culinary arts program, “This level of certification brings an exceptional level of culinary skill and professionalism and provides a great benefit for our students as they complete the culinary arts program.”

A certified executive chef is a department head usually responsible for all culinary units in a restaurant, hotel, club, hospital or foodservice establishment. In addition to culinary responsibilities, other duties include budget preparation, payroll, maintenance, controlling food costs and maintaining financial and inventory records.

Palazzola is a graduate of the ECC culinary program and worked as sous chef under Certified Master Chef Aidan Murphy for eight years after finishing the program.  He also competed in regional, national and world culinary competitions, including the team competition representing the USA at the 2008 International Kochkunst Ausstellung, commonly known as the culinary Olympics.

Nursing instructor Elizabeth Long successfully completed the national certification examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center for pediatric clinical nurse specialist certification.  Long is now considered an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the state of Missouri.  A board certified registered nurse for more than a decade, she earned her associate degree in nursing at Chattanooga State and her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Jacksonville State University.  Last May she received her master of science degree in nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

“Professional certifications are important in the health care profession” noted Robyn Walter, chair of ECC’s nursing/allied health program. “Our nursing students will benefit from Elizabeth’s advanced knowledge and expertise attained with the achievement of this certification.”

The ANCC pediatric clinical nurse specialist board certification examination is a competency-based examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the clinical knowledge and skills of a clinical nurse specialist. The examination consists of 200 different scenarios/exhibits at the advanced nurse practice level. 

ANCC's certification program enables nurses to demonstrate their specialty expertise and validate their knowledge to employers and patients.