By Amie Sites For MC Weekly
---- — A nearly $75,000 donation from Vohne Liche Kennels will allow Ivy Tech’s Peru instructional site to offer culinary courses when the fall term begins Aug. 19.
Offering culinary courses at the Peru site is something administrators have been interested in since the fall of 2006, said Theresa Murphy, executive director of Ivy Tech’s Peru Instructional site.
“This is something that has been the chancellor’s vision since then,” Murphy said. “Through many renovations we kept the space where the kitchen once was open so at some point we would be able to equip it.”
When school begins, students will be able to earn a 16-credit-hour academic certificate in hospitality administration. Credit courses offered will include sanitation and first aid, basic food theory and skills, nutrition, intro to baking and others.
In addition to credit courses, non-credit classes will be offered. Non-credit courses will include a technique series where participants can learn about food preservation, knife techniques, savvy shopping and dessert skills.
There also will be special topic classes that will discuss learning to love your food processor, gluten free techniques, holiday cooking, among other subjects. These courses will cost $95 for each class, two for $160 or four for $280, Murphy said.
“We have a great lineup of non-credit classes with skilled instructors, where students can learn a lot,” Murphy said. “I’m excited about the equipment. It’s a beautiful space for students to take classes.”
The non-credit classes are open to everyone, and the school already has received several inquiries, according to Jennifer Hughes, coordinator for Ivy Tech Corporate College. Those interested in signing up should contact Hughes at 765-459-0561, Ext. 283, or email@example.com.
“We’re so grateful for the donation and excited to get classes going,” Hughes said.
Credit classes are limited to 12 students, and non-credit classes are limited to 20, said Alayne Cook, program manager for the Ivy Tech Corporate College. There are already four people registered for the credit courses, which is why Cook suggests people sign up as soon as possible.
Classes will allow students to learn and have fun, Cook said.
“It’s a health and financial issue,” Cook said. “If you pay attention, you’ll find you can save a lot of money if you know how to cook. And it’s just fun.”
Obtaining the certificate will give students a head start on a degree program, Murphy said. The Hospitality Administration certificate transfers to several Ivy Tech regions that offer the associate degrees in hospitality administration, Murphy said.
The certificate also will provide experience.
Larry Isaacs, owner of Amelio’s and Ike’s in Logansport, said people come to his restaurant wanting to cook, and the first thing he wants to know is what experience they have. Isaacs said he thinks having culinary courses will help provide some of that experience.
“I think it will make all the difference in the world in this area,” Isaacs said. “I would love to see more people in the area who have that experience. Culinary training would go right along with that.”