Terra gets culinary lab grant

FREMONT 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 lab is to be a part of the recently updated 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.”

According to the release, Julie Payeff, community commitment manager for the Andersons said, “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.”

The culinary lab is part of the upcoming renovation of Building B on campus. Construction is to begin in November and should be completed by January. The lab is to consist of kitchen equipment, including professional range, ovens, steamers, fryers and grilling areas, as well as some more industry-cutting-edge features like a combination oven and video for the chef’s demonstration area, Williams said.

In addition to learning the basics necessary to run a professional kitchen, hospitality management majors are to complete a curriculum which includes business, marketing, management and hospitality courses.

Graduates of this program will be prepared for an entry level management position within a resort, hotel, banquet center, casino or restaurant. They also may choose to transfer to a four-year program to pursue a bachelor’s degree.