Iowa Valley Board approves Culinary degree program in Grinnell
The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors approved the new Culinary Apprenticeship program at the Board meeting on Wednesday, May 14. The planning for this academic program has been in development for over a year. This 3-year program is set to launch this coming fall and will be offered at Iowa Valley Community College Grinnell.
The program will include hands-on training, which will take place in the Grinnell College catering kitchen every Monday to accommodate the program’s class schedule. Classes take place on Mondays, which will allow students to work the rest of the week, making it possible for a student from anywhere in the district to benefit from the program.
“This is a great partnership for our community,” says MaryAnne Nickle, Dean of Iowa Valley Grinnell. “Grinnell College Dining Services and Iowa Valley Grinnell have come together to meet a community and regional need. We hope that some of their ACF certified chefs will apply to become adjunct instructors for this program.”
The MCC degree includes such courses as menu planning, beverage control, food cost accounting, and various food preparations and baking. The Associate of Applied Sciences degree will be matched with a 6,000 hour registered apprenticeship with the US Department of Labor. Classroom/laboratory time is paired with paid work over three years.
The program is now seeking approval from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Iowa Department of Education. The program is set to kick off this fall. For more information, call the Iowa Valley Grinnell campus at 641-236-0513 to meet with an advisor, or visit www.IVGrinnell.com.