Gateway culinary program

Gateway Technical College is offering two new diploma programs at its Racine campus this fall: Culinary Assistant and Foundations of Lodging and Hospitality Management.

RACINE — Two new diploma programs offered at Gateway Technical College’s Racine Campus this fall semester aim to provide students with the skills to enter the culinary and hospitality industries within a year.

The Culinary Assistant and Foundations of Lodging and Hospitality Management programs begin Tuesday and will provide training for both of those in-demand career fields.

Skills gained through the 29-credit Culinary Assistant program will give students the ability to work in a food-service setting.

“It gives students a way to enter the workforce and begin their career in a more timely manner,” stated Culinary Arts instructor Adam Larkin. “Students can begin their college career and earn a diploma through those courses that relate closely to the workforce.

“They can also continue on and earn the associate degree by taking some added career courses as well as general education offerings.”

Larkin said skills earned will give graduates an advantage over people who don’t possess the diploma.

For more information, visit www.gtc.edu/programs/culinary-programs.

The Foundations of Lodging and Hospitality Management diploma is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and ability to those who have served in another industry to make a transition into the hotel-hospitality industry and begin a path toward a management position.

Beth Dugan, Hospitality Management program instructor, said the new diploma was a result of industry demand.

“Business was seeking workers from other fields who were transiting into this industry, who wanted further training to make that career shift successful,” says Dugan. “This offers the theoretical approach, coupled with hands-on learning, too.”

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