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Governor Pat Quinn Signs Senate Bill 758, Academic Sip & Spit into Law at Kendall College

CHICAGO—August 27, 2012—Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 758, Academic Sip & Spit into law in front of a packed house at Chicago’s Kendall College this past Friday, legislation that will help create jobs and prepare students for culinary arts and hospitality management careers. The bill allows Illinois hospitality and culinary students over the age of 18 to develop skills in tasting training, providing a better understanding of how to cook with wine and spirits and how to pair the right beverage with appropriate meal offerings. The bill makes Illinois competitive with other states – such as California and New York – that have wine and beverage programs for first-year students.

Attending were Representative Lou Lang, House Sponsor of SB 0758; Sam Toia, president of the Illinois Restaurant Association; Marc Gordon, president and CEO of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association; 27th Ward Chicago Alderman Walter Burnett; Kendall faculty, staff and students; and local culinary and hospitality industry professionals. Senator Donne Trotter was the chief Senate sponsor of the legislation.

“My thanks to Governor Quinn for signing the bill into law at Kendall College,” said Kendall College President Emily Williams Knight. “Our goal at Kendall College is to prepare students to be leaders in whatever professional career path they pursue by providing a comprehensive educational experience. Within our culinary arts and hospitality management programs, this includes proper and responsible alcoholic beverage training. This law puts Illinois students on equal footing with students in these programs in other states, and helps ensure our graduates are qualified with the skills they need to be competitive once they enter the workforce.”

About Kendall College:

Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois and is a member of the Laureate International Universities network. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2200 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. Kendall College was ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago’s leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International – 2011 Survey). Kendall College  is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org; 1-312-263-0456.