Kendall College Introduces Culinary Concentration in Services-Oriented Business Degree Program

CHICAGO, February 5, 2009 – The School of Business at Kendall College partners with its renowned School of Culinary Arts to offer a unique program designed to give students a distinctly competitive edge. Now, in addition to its focused management concentration, Kendall College students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in culinary arts.

“For students who wish to pursue careers in restaurant or foodservice management, this concentration offers a special blend of hands-on culinary knowledge that compliments the business program’s focus on real world, professionally savvy skills. This unique combination will give our students the competitive edge to excel in a service-oriented, global business economy,” says Michelle Coussens, dean of the School of Business.

According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Restaurant Association, even in today’s economy, restaurants remain a direct and indirect generator of jobs and careers—creating occupations, including restaurant-management positions, which will grow considerably in the next decade. The restaurant industry is the nation’s second-largest private-sector employer, representing more than nine percent of the nation’s total jobs, and the long-term outlook is for continued growth—the industry is expected to add an additional 1.8 million positions over the next 10 years, boosting the industry’s workforce by 14 percent to 14.8 million people in 2019.

The culinary concentration at Kendall’s School of Business is designed to help graduates take advantage of this career opportunity by combining business acumen with a basic level of hands-on training in the culinary arts. The concentration consists of courses offered through the culinary program at the nationally acclaimed School of Culinary Arts. Certificate classes are designed for working adults, and are held in the evenings and on weekends. Class offerings include Introduction to Professional Cookery; Stocks, Sauces and Soups; Product Identification and Storeroom; Sanitation; Nutrition; French Bistro Cuisine; and Introduction to Baking.

This program also offers individuals who already work in the foodservice industry the opportunity to expand their skill sets by pursuing business degrees. Those students who have already taken culinary classes or received a culinary degree can typically transfer in their previous credits.

At the conclusion of students’ studies, they will apply their knowledge and experience to the completion of an integrative senior project that will focus on all of the steps necessary to design and launch a new business establishment–from developing a business plan to marketing a product.

About the Kendall School of Business
Located at 900 N. North Branch Street on Chicago’s Goose Island, the mission of The Kendall School of Business is to transform students into globally conscious decision makers who are employment ready and poised for future leadership positions within the services industries. Since 1962, Kendall College has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The academic degree programs have been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Kendall occupies a stunning urban campus in Chicago. For more information, visit www.kendall.edu or call (866) 667-3344.

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