The Andersons Inc. Charitable Foundation has approved a $10,000 grant for Terra State Community College to support equipment in the college’s new culinary lab.
“The Andersons is committed to supporting educational projects in communities where we have operations. We believe this project will enhance the curriculum offerings of Terra State, ultimately providing employment options for its graduates,” said Julie Payeff, community commitment manager for The Andersons.
The lab will be a training tool for students in the recently revived hospitality management program at Terra State.
“We are so appreciative of (The Andersons plant nutrient operations manager – North Central Ohio) Dean Anstead for coming to tour Terra and helping us through this process,” said Lisa Williams, senior vice president for Institutional Advancement and Interim Executive Director of the Terra College Foundation.
“The impact of this generous donation will have a ripple effect on our students for years to come. Private donations like this grant from The Andersons are critical to our programs and our students.”
The culinary lab is part of the upcoming renovation of Building B on campus. Construction is slated to begin in November and should be completed by January 2014. The lab will consist of all basic kitchen equipment, including a professional range, ovens, steamers, etc., as well as some new, more cutting-edge industry features like a combination oven and video for the chef’s demonstration area.
In addition to learning the basics necessary to run a professional kitchen, hospitality management majors will complete a curriculum which includes business, marketing, management and hospitality courses.
Program graduates will be prepared for an entry-level management position within a resort, hotel, banquet center, casino or restaurant. They may also choose to transfer to a four-year program to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
For more information on this program, contact program director Dennis Gnage at 419-559-2120.
Terra trustees awarded Telamon Construction, Inc., of Sandusky, the $3,608,800 contract to complete the renovation of Building B, which will include construction of the culinary lab; the relocation and expansion of the kitchen and dining services for the campus’ entire food service operation and some building mechanical upgrades, restroom updates and deferred maintenance projects.
An architect’s rendering of the entrance to the new space in Terra State Community College’s Building B.