The Culinary Arts Institute at The W has now made it possible for students at Hinds Community College in Jackson to obtain a four-year bachelor's degree without leaving their campus.
The W is the only university in the state of Mississippi to offer a four-year baccalaureate program in culinary arts and one of the few in the nation that accepts career technical credits.
The W is bringing their instructors to the Hinds kitchens in a unique collaboration that allows recent Hinds graduates a chance to further their education in the culinary field without the hassle of driving across the state to do so.
"This is a groundbreaking partnership initiated by MUW," said Dr. Sue Powell, vice president for the Rankin Campus and Career Technical education. "We have high expectations of great success for the program."
Students will be able to complete their associate's degree at Hinds, transfer their credits to The W and take online classes offered by The W.
Beginning fall 2013, students enrolling in the program will have the option to take courses in food preparation, nutrition, world cuisines, management, principles of accounting, economics, marketing and legal environment of business.
They may also select concentrations in business, food journalism, food art, nutrition and wellness, entrepreneurship and culinology.
Dr. Scott Tollison, dean of the college of business and professional studies, helped in the negotiation of the program with Hinds.
"Our goal is to spread the excellent teaching of MUW throughout the state to Central Mississippi, as well as the entire region," said Tollison.
"We are very honored that MUW is bringing high quality and credentials to Jackson, and hopefully students who have graduated from Hinds will come back and earn their four-year degree," said Powell.
After completing the minimum 124 credit hours, including the general requirement courses, students will have the honor of walking across The W's stage for graduation.