ECPI University Press Releases (January 2013)

Culinary Institute of Virginia to Open Newport News/Williamsburg Location

Street-Side Kitchen Will Give Public View of Gourmet Cooking

Newport News, VA - To meet industry demand, student interest and serve the Peninsula, ECPI University's School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) will soon open a new facility in the cultural and business hub of Newport News that will also provide convenient access for Williamsburg.

Renovations began at 11850 Merchants Walk in City Center at Oyster Point on January 21st. The new two-story school will be approximately 10,000 square feet with street-side kitchens and dining room visible to pedestrians. This will be 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.

"As the Peninsula expands as both 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're seeing a strong need for quality chefs and skilled restaurant and hospitality personnel on the Peninsula. It is a sign of growing economic development. And with much of our student body currently making the commute to Norfolk, we also saw the need 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. In the future, the school will offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Food Service Management as well as Casual Gourmet classes. At least 20 new jobs will be created with the opening of the new site, with more positions to come as the program grows.

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Culinary School to Offer Baking and Pastry Arts Programs

Launched to Meet Business Demand and Student Interest

To meet demand from business and interest by students, ECPI University's School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV), will begin offering programs dedicated to Baking and Pastry Arts.

"CIV has seen the number of job orders specific to baking and pastry arts increase in the past few years" says Andy Gladstein, Campus Provost of CIV. "Demand for skilled bakers and pastry chefs is up in this region and we wanted to provide a curriculum to meet this need and provide career opportunities for our students."

Chef LaKisha Frazier, a member of the industry advisory committee that participated in the development of CIV's new Baking and Pastry Arts programs, has been in the restaurant business for 20 years and owner of Terebinth Patisserie & Bistro in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake. Nearly everything is baked fresh from scratch on site.

"We opened in 2010 and business has grown every single month," Frazier says. "There is an increasing consumer preference for scratch, freshly made, baked-on-premises food. The new program at CIV will help develop the skills and expertise that restaurant and hospitality employers need."

Classes for CIV's new Baking and Pastry Arts programs will begin Jan. 28. Students will be taught by professional chef/instructors in a hands-on, real-world industry environment at CIV's campus in Norfolk.

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ECPI University Announces New Cloud Computing and Healthcare IT Concentrations

Richmond, VA – ECPI University is pleased to announce that it is now offering two new concentrations within its Computer and Information Science program at its Richmond/Innsbrook campus.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a Concentration in Healthcare IT is designed to prepare graduates to build and administer networks specifically for the healthcare field, focusing on the skills needed to develop and maintain network security and electronic medical records. Students are also steeped in the nomenclature of medical terminology and healthcare regulations which they can later apply in a hospital or medical practice setting.

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