published Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Culinary Institute opens at Virginia College's campus in Chattanooga

Virginia College School of Business and Health in Chattanooga will celebrate the grand opening of Culinard, its culinary institute, today, Nov. 15. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the campus at 721 Eastgate Loop Road. The ribbon-cutting will start at 5:15 p.m.

Culinard students may pursue a diploma in culinary arts or pastry arts, both of which can be completed in 36 weeks. These intensive programs put students in the kitchen on the first day of class and prepare them for careers in restaurants, hotels, resorts, casinos, cruise ships, catering companies, hospitals and other industries.

Culinard also offers an online associate degree in culinary arts for students who have formal training in culinary skills at a post-secondary level but who want an associate degree and a broader skill base.

Since opening, Culinard on other campuses has trained more than 1,000 chefs. Because of the institute's success in Birmingham and Mobile, Ala.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; and Richmond, Va., Culinard has plans to open an additional new location in Greenville, S.C., this fall as well.

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