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Hinds, The W cook up new culinary arts agreement

COLUMBUS and RAYMOND — A new partnership will allow those completing an associate’s degree in culinary arts at Hinds Community College to finish their four-year degree on the Jackson campus with Mississippi University for Women.

The enhanced 2 Plus 2 program in culinary arts will provide a seamless transition to the baccalaureate degree and will serve students in the Jackson metro area, providing on-site instruction from MUW instructors, according to the presidents of the two institutions.

“Hinds Community College is a longtime partner with The W, and we look forward to this enhanced 2 Plus 2 program that will bring expanded culinary instruction to the Hinds campus and the Jackson metropolitan area,” said Dr. Jim Borsig, president of Mississippi University for Women. “Our faculty will be on-site, creating a seamless transition between the associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs.”

The Culinary Arts Technology concentration at Hinds CC provides exposure to classical, American, and international cuisine, as well as the art of baking and pastries. Special emphasis is placed on culinary tools, equipment, techniques and specialty ingredients.

Established in 1996, The W’s Culinary Arts Institute offers one of the nation’s first four-year baccalaureate degree programs in culinary arts.  It is a premier national program that focuses on small quantity, from-scratch cooking.  Students may elect concentrations that include food journalism, food art, entrepreneurship, nutrition and wellness and culinology.

Students entering the new program will earn a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. Courses will include, in addition to general education requirements, those in food preparation, nutrition, world cuisines, management, principles of accounting, economics, marketing and the legal environment of business.

Career options include positions as executive chefs, small business owners, caterers, food stylists and food photographers, among others.

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