ECPI University Press Releases: Newport News VA

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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