School of Culinary Arts Launches Part-Time Format for Baccalaureate Degree Completion

New program blends online and traditional on campus instruction

CHICAGO—July 7, 2011
—The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts announced today that it will launch a new program in October 2011 for part-time students to complete their bachelor’s degree in the culinary arts. The new flexible learning option, designed for working adults who have already obtained an associate degree in the culinary arts from Kendall, will blend online and traditional on campus instruction.

According to Renee Zonka, RD, CEC, CHE, MBA, dean of Kendall’s School of Culinary Arts, the new B.A. part-time completion program offers flexibility to chefs already working in the marketplace as well as new students eager to begin their careers. “This flexible format will benefit students who have completed the culinary associate degree or who would like to pursue a B.A. but need to either continue working or enter the workforce while studying.”

Like Kendall’s traditional baccalaureate in culinary arts, the new part-time online/on campus format combines rigorous culinary training with a solid set of business skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, chefs with good business sense will have better job prospects, especially at restaurant chains where attention to costs is very important. “Kendall’s new culinary B.A. part-time completion program will provide graduates with culinary and management skills to be more competitive in many different areas of foodservice,” added Zonka.

In the junior and senior years of the baccalaureate program, students further their knowledge of the culinary arts with challenging classes in global cuisine, food science, advanced pastry and research and development while honing their business skills and deepening their understanding of the business world. The new part-time format also includes a concentration in culinary nutrition currently offered to students in the traditional B.A. program. Courses are 10 weeks in duration, including an intensive integrative senior project required for graduation.

About Kendall College:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education, foodservice management and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2500 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. The School of Culinary Arts is one of the leading culinary training programs in the United States. The school offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates in the culinary arts as well as an associate degree and certificate in baking and pastry. The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission has accredited the Culinary Arts associate program since 1988 and the Baking and Pastry associate program since 2008. Kendall College, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),