ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) has completed construction of its Newport News location with classes beginning this week. The new site was chosen to meet industry demand, student interest and serve the Virginia Peninsula region as well as the City of Williamsburg.
“As the area expands both as a regional and international destination of commerce, culture and tourism, so will the public’s culinary tastes and expectations,” says Andy Gladstein, CIV Campus Provost. “We saw a strong need for quality chefs and skilled restaurant and hospitality personnel and wanted to provide convenient culinary education and training in the heart of the Peninsula.”
The new facility will initially offer degree and diploma programs in Culinary Arts, though other food service related programs will be offered in the future. At least 15 new jobs will be created with the opening of the new site, with more positions to come as the program grows. Approximately 30 students are enrolled for the first classes.
Renovations for the new facility began on January 21. The two-story school is approximately 10,000 square feet with street-side kitchens and dining room visible to pedestrians. This becomes ECPI University’s second location dedicated to food service education. The school opened its Norfolk campus in 2006 and nearly 700 students have graduated since that time. About one third of CIV’s students currently live on the Peninsula.