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Lackawanna College bringing Culinary program to its Scranton campus


February 13. 2014 10:17AM


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Lackawanna College officials announced, Feb. 12, that it will move its Culinary Arts program to its main campus in Scranton.


The Culinary Arts program was first offered to students beginning in 2011 at the College’s Lake Region Center in Hawley. Forty students are currently enrolled in the program, with many on track to graduate this spring. Students graduating from the program have completed externship opportunities at businesses and resorts including Wegmans, The Settlers Inn in Hawley, The French Manor Inn and Spa in Newfoundland, Hotel Fauchere in Milford, and Woodloch Resort in Hawley, adding valuable real-world experience to their education.


The Culinary Arts program is overseen by Culinary Institute of America graduates Chef Stephanie Decker and Chef Kristen McNally. Their combined talents bring more than five decades of restaurant industry experience directly to students in the rewarding program.


Eighty-two percent of students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program are also enrolled in the Hospitality Management degree offered by Lackawanna. Decker said students recognize the role that both backgrounds play in operating a successful restaurant, noting that many have expressed plans to become entrepreneurs.


The hands-on approach taken by the Culinary Arts program introduces students to modern cooking techniques, including the popular farm-to-table movement highlighting healthy, locally grown ingredients.


While plans to further expand the Culinary Arts program through 2015 are currently taking shape, Lackawanna College will also add the Sport and Recreation Management degree to the Kiesendahl School of Hospitality and Tourism at the Lake Region Center.


For more information on the culinary arts program, contact Stephanie Decker, Program Director of the Kiesendahl School of Hospitality and Tourism, at 570-241-6975 or deckers@lackawanna.edu. For enrollment information, visit www.lackawanna.edu/admissions or email findyourfuture@lackawanna.edu




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