The Núcleo Avançado em Tecnologia de Alimentos (NATA) program offers Bakery & Pastry and Milk & Dairy courses as part of the high school curriculum. The idea is to prepare specialized technicians to work for manufacturers, retail chains and in quality control.
Established in 2009, NATA is based at the Comendador Valentim dos Santos Diniz State School, in São Gonçalo, state of Rio de Janeiro, as a partnership of Instituto GPA and the State Departments of Education and Agriculture.
NATA develops and encourages hands-on activities at the pilot plants, monitoring programs, in-house and external internship programs, Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (REU or Iniciação Científica – IC) papers and student attendance and participation at industry fairs, congresses and summits, in addition to the mandatory 120-hour internship program.
Candidates are approved for the program based on the Easy Registration System of the State Department of Education (Sistema de Matrícula Fácil da SEEDUC).