Kennesaw State University provides pathway for Chattahoochee Tech culinary students

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New agreement gives two-year grads seamless transition toward four-year degree KENNESAW, Ga….

Georgia (Oct 15, 2014)New agreement gives two-year grads seamless transition toward four-year degree

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 15, 2014) — Students graduating with a two-year degree in culinary studies from Chattahoochee Technical College will now have a pathway to a four-year degree at Kennesaw State University through a new articulation agreement approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia during its October meeting.

“This agreement enables Kennesaw State to provide culinary graduates from Chattahoochee Tech with a smooth and easy transition toward completing their four-year degree,” said Kennesaw State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ken Harmon. “As students in Kennesaw’s Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality program, they will build on their education, fine-tune their skills and gain valuable knowledge that will further prepare them for success in the burgeoning hospitality industry.”

According to the National Restaurant Association, the state’s restaurant industry is projected to generate $16 billion in sales this year, and accounts for more than 405,000 jobs, or 10 percent of the workforce in Georgia.

Through the agreement, interested graduates from Chattahoochee Technical College’s new Associate of Science degree program in culinary will be able to enroll in Kennesaw State’s Bachelor of Science in Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality program as rising juniors, provided students meet the University’s transfer admissions requirements for the program.

 “Chattahoochee Technical College is thrilled to partner with KSU to provide a pathway for students from our exemplary Culinary program into KSU’s one-of-a-kind degree in Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality,” said Trina Boteler, executive vice president at Chattahoochee Technical College. “By working together on articulation agreements like this one, we will continue to move toward a seamless process for students to further their post-secondary education.”

Kennesaw State’s Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality program offers a unique approach to the study of culinary and hospitality management, infusing the curriculum with knowledge in sustainability, while also emphasizing food science, nutritional analysis, resource conservation, and essential business skills and abilities. The bachelor’s degree program moves the farm-to-table concept from the plate to the bottom line, looking at the economic advantages of implementing sustainable practices throughout the food service industry.

“The culinary and hospitality job outlook continues to thrive in Georgia and the U.S.,” said Christian Hardigree, director of Kennesaw State’s Institute for Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality. “The food and restaurant industry is no longer concerned only about making top dollar, but doing it in a way that benefits sustainability practices which are now commonplace, such as farm-to-table dining. Our program is designed to teach these culinary concepts to stay ahead of changing market trends.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 26,000 from 130 countries.


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