What is GOALS?
GOALS is an acronym for Goal Oriented Achievement Learning Skills. It is a resource developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction School Nutrition Team as part of USDA’s Professional Standards training grant. GOALS provides Wisconsin school nutrition professionals with trainings and resources that meet regulations for USDA Professional Standards while providing the opportunity to obtain a GOALS Certificate of Excellence signed by Wisconsin’s state superintendent of schools.
Significant changes have been made to school nutrition programs, including the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and the USDA’s newly implemented meal pattern requirements. This makes it critical for school nutrition staff to be adequately trained and have the skill set necessary to not only provide students with nutritious meals, but also to have the business skills needed to operate a successful school nutrition program. Some benefits of the GOALS initiative include:
- Training resources and tracking tools that satisfy USDA Professional Standards regulations.
- Compatibility with the School Nutrition Association’s certification program.
- Opportunities for career advancement in the field of school nutrition for food service employees that do not have a formal degree.
- The opportunity to be recognized for their expertise in the field of school nutrition and the critical role they play in ensuring Wisconsin students are well nourished and ready to learn.
Reference the list of GOALS Certificate of Excellence recipients at the end of this page.
How Does GOALS Work?
It begins right here! The GOALS webpages include training resources, tracking tools, and requirements for earning a GOALS Certificate of Excellence.
Whether you are a staff member looking for continuing education on batch cooking, a cook wanting to apply for a food service director position, or a chef looking to work at your local school district, GOALS can benefit school nutrition professionals everywhere!
For more information about the GOALS initiative or earning a GOALS Certificate of Excellence, contact the GOALS team at GOALS@dpi.wi.gov
A big "thank you" to the following certificate recipients for their hard work!