ServSafe Handler Training To Be Offered Feb. 22-24, Manager Training Mar.1; Register By Feb. 15

ServSafe Food Handler Training

Registrations are still being accepted for the ServSafe Handler Food Safety Training Course to be held in three locations in western Nebraska.

Courses are scheduled for:

  • Lexington – Tuesday, February 22, at the Dawson County Extension Office Meeting Room, Fairgrounds, 1002 Plum Creek Parkway, Lexington, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:15 a.m.
  • North Platte – Wednesday, February 23, at the West Central Research, Extension & Education Center, 402 W State Farm Road, North Platte from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT with registration beginning at 12:45 p.m.
  • McCook – Thursday, February 24, at the Community Building, Fairgrounds, West 5th & O Street, McCook, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT with registration beginning at 12:45 p.m.

Registration forms are available at

The ServSafe Food Handler program is designed for kitchen employees including but not limited to cooks, dish machine operators, shipment receivers, and employees who handle and prepare food in restaurants and other food service establishments. The training provides information on food safety; personal hygiene; using thermometers; preparation, cooking, serving, receiving, and storing food safely; and cleaning and sanitizing.

The training is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. Register by February 15 for the Lexington, North Platte, and McCook sites. For more details and registration information, contact these local Extension offices in Lexington at 308-324-5501, in North Platte at 308-532-2683, or in Trenton at 308-334-5666 or toll-free at 800-237-5564.

ServSafe Manager Training

Food safety is in the news! Numerous food-borne illnesses have occurred during the last few years. Most of the reported food-borne illness outbreaks have occurred from food eaten away from home. ServSafe Manager is a program developed by the National Restaurant Association to address the growing food safety concerns of consumers. In Nebraska, the program is being implemented in cooperation with the Agriculture and Health Departments, the Nebraska Restaurant Association, and Nebraska Extension.

A ServSafe Manager training workshop will be offered on Tuesday, March 1 at the West Central Research & Extension Center, 402 West State Farm Road, North Platte from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Register by February 15th to receive a book and study materials before the class. Training will be given by Nebraska Extension Educators, Andrea Nisley, Nancy Frecks, and Brenda Aufdenkamp.

ServSafe Manager Course is designed for restaurant owners and managers, food service handlers, dieticians, and dietary managers. The training provides information on sanitation regulations and standards, training employees in sanitation, safe food handling, food microbiology, contamination, food borne illness, and setting up a food safety system.

Participants will receive the 7th Edition ServSafe Manager Book. Continuing education credits are available for dieticians, diet technicians, and dietary managers. Upon successfully passing the certification exam at the end of the course, participants will receive certification from the National Restaurant Association.

Details and registration information are available by contacting Lincoln County Extension Office at (308) 532-2683. For a program brochure and registration form visit, or register online at