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.
"We are delighted to welcome the Culinary Institute of Virginia to Newport News," says Florence G. Kingston, Director at the Newport News Department of Development. "Throughout the years, ECPI University has been an outstanding corporate citizen and the addition of the Culinary Arts school will strengthen educational and workforce development opportunities for residents of the Peninsula."
To graduate, CIV students are required to complete at least one externship, where they work in area restaurants and other food service industry outlets to gain real-world, professional experience. Many students have done their externships at Fin Restaurant in Newport News.
"Having that talent soon come from this side of the water will be a great resource for the industry here," says Fin owner/chef Kenny Sloane. "The new school will enhance the area as a great culinary destination."
Many students also have done their externships at Waypoint Seafood and Grill in Williamsburg, owned and operated by Chef Hans Schadler.
"With the growth of the food industry in Hampton Roads we are more than ever looking for talented and skilled staff," Schadler says. "The new CIV location is a win/win for both students and the restaurant business."
The first on-site classes in Newport News are slated for April. However, students from the Peninsula will initially take classes in Norfolk and then transfer to Newport News.
"Many of CIV's faculty live in the Peninsula/Williamsburg area and will teach at the Newport News facility as well as in Norfolk," Gladstein says. "From day one, students at the new facility will receive the same level of education and training as in Norfolk. We are very excited about coming to the Peninsula."
About The Culinary Institute of Virginia
Culinary Institute of Virginia, the School of Culinary Arts at ECPI College of Technology, opened for enrollment in fall 2006. Graduates can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in culinary science in less than two years. The curriculum offers a European educational model that combines classroom instruction with hands-on externships in the community. For information call 757-858-CHEF or visit the Culinary Institute of Virginia
About ECPI University
ECPI University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees and diploma programs. With campuses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, ECPI, a private university established in 1966, offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services are provided. Continuing education certification classes and testing are also available.
ECPI's fields of study include:
- Cloud Computing (Bachelor's Degree)
- Database Programming (Bachelor's Degree)
- Electronics Engineering (Bachelor's Degree)
- Healthcare IT (Bachelor's Degree)
- Mechanical Engineering Technology (Bachelor's Degree)
- Mechatronics (Bachelor's Degree)
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(Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit http://www.ecpi.edu