Culinology Program Provides Career Opportunities as Research Chef

Brunswick, GA – A suggestion by Dr. Jim Jones of Rich Products Corporation to Dr. Skip Mounts, Dean of Coastal Georgia’s School of  Business and Public Affairs, has led to a unique collaboration between the two University System of Georgia institutions. In March, the College signed a memorandum of understanding with UGA’s Food Science and Technology Department that will credit Coastal Georgia’s culinary arts program towards requirements for a BSA in food science.

With the transfer admission agreement in place, the culinary arts students will be able to begin upper-level coursework immediately upon transfer. The culinary arts courses will be treated as electives under the business area of emphasis within the food science BSA.

“The UGA Food Science and Technology program is the only Institute of Food Technology-approved program in the University System of Georgia. Coastal Georgia’s culinary arts program is the only American Culinary Federation-accredited program in the University System of Georgia. For us to foster research chefs and become a resource for food science was the creative idea of Rich Products’ Jim Jones, who serves on the food science industry board and our School of Business and Public Affairs’ hospitality industry advisory board, spanning both disciplines,” Dean Mounts explained.

“This will be a win for the students, both institutions, the Golden Isles and Georgia,” said Dr. Jones, Vice President of Research and Development for Rich Products. “This unique University System of Georgia program provides students the opportunity to attain the highly productive and industry-valued educational combination of both food science and culinary. These students will leave the University System of Georgia with the ability to blend the direct connection of delighting the consumer with the food science background needed to be a food industry and restaurant new-product innovator. Plus restaurants, hotels, caterers and food manufacturers like Rich Products in the Golden Isles will also benefit from this through work study programs, internships, temporary assignments and locally-trained, highly-qualified prospective employees who are educated in both culinary and food science.”

“This is a marriage of two great programs,” Dean Mounts summarized. “We are very proud of our work in culinary. It is one of the many things that make the College so special within the University System of Georgia.”

Release Date: 4/12/2013
Source: College of Coastal Georgia

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