COLUMBUS, Miss.—A new partnership announced Wednesday [March 27] in Jackson 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+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 has been a longtime partner, and we’re very pleased to be able to provide instruction in one of our signature programs to those in the Jackson area,” said MUW President Jim Borsig.
“Sharing resources and making higher education more accessible are the primary benefits of the Culinary Arts partnership between Hinds and MUW,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “We are very pleased that Dr. Jim Borsig and the MUW Culinary Arts Institute faculty recognized the value of the Associate of Applied Science degree and are giving our culinary students an opportunity for a bachelor’s degree in a setting that is convenient to their family and work obligations.”
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.