Students who are part of Culinary Arts and Wine Studies program at College of the Canyons will be able to move into a new 12,000-square-foot Institute for Culinary Education at the Valencia campus by spring 2015.
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Groundbreaking for the new iCuE building will begin on Monday, Aug. 19, hosted by the Santa Clarita Community College District board and Chancellor Dianne Van Hook.
The new facility will include a show kitchen, a savory kitchen, a sweets kitchen, a banquet kitchen, a wine studies classroom, multiple culinary labs and a variety of instructor office spaces.
The United States Department of Labor has projected that food service management jobs are expected to grow by nearly 5 percent between 2008 and 2018.
With more than 2,000 restaurants in the Los Angeles area and the price of private culinary schools at $50,000, COC staff believe that the Culinary Arts program provides a viable option for students with a passion for culinary arts and who want enter an expanding industry.
COC classes are only $46 per unit, and the new Valencia facility will allow students to attend core classes at the same time. The current culinary facility in Castaic makes this much more difficult for students.
“Having an on-campus culinary facility will make a significant difference in the lives of students who are trying to manage their time between the classroom and the kitchen and begin their careers,” said Cindy Schwanke, COC culinary arts instructor and lead iCuE faculty member. “The food service industry continues to grow, and employ millions of people. It’s exciting to know that College of the Canyons is a part of that.”
For more information about iCuE and the progress of construction, click here.
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Source: Santa Clarita News