Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


Allentown, PA (May 17, 2004) - Hard work is paying off for Cedar Crest College's nutrition majors as 100% of the graduates who applied to dietetic internships have secured a placement. The dietetic internship is the necessary next step in earning the registered dietician credentials. Cedar Crest's internship placement rate is far above the national average, which is 55% according to the American Dietetic Association.

Dietetic internships typically range from six months to one year to give students the opportunity to obtain field experience. Once the internship is completed, students must also pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to become a registered dietitian.

"The field and volunteer experience that we offer to our students puts them at a competitive edge for these internships," says Martine Scannavino, assistant professor of nutrition. "Students are rated based on their GPA, past work history and volunteer experience. They must have a strong application to find a placement."

"The nutrition professors are really devoted to helping us achieve our goals by encouraging us to take part in work and community experiences. In the end, it is the experience that makes you a better candidate for the internships," says nutrition major, Angela Kiechel '04. Kiechel is also the president of the student dietetic association at Cedar Crest and is currently overseeing plans for a nutrition consortium sponsored by the organization.

Through the Allen Center for Nutrition, Cedar Crest students have been able to trail dieticians at Lehigh Valley Hospital, work with nutrition education programs for local senior citizen centers, provide outreach programs for local teens, restructure the menu at the Allentown Rescue Mission and host an annual summer camp for children who suffer from diabetes.

"All of our students are very interested in the community aspects of the program," says Scannavino. "Not only are they getting experience, but they are also enjoying it at the same time."

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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