New Diploma Supports Culinary Entrepreneurship

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Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-President, UWinnipeg and John Bobbette, President and CEO, Winnipeg Technical College learn how to make dumplings from a student

A first for Manitoba blends business knowledge and culinary arts

WINNIPEG, MB – There is growing interest in being part of the restaurant and food services industry, yet it can be a challenging field demanding multiple skills. To be successful, owners and managers must possess business savvy, balance the books and understand the complexities of food preparation.

For the first time in Manitoba, an 18 month diploma has been tailored to support contemporary restaurant and food service entrepreneurs. Winnipeg Technical College (WTC) and The University of Winnipeg (UWinnipeg) have joined forces to create a new program that equips students with the hands-on skills and business acumen necessary to succeed in both the front and back-end of the restaurant and food services industry.

The Restaurant & Food Services Entrepreneurship Diploma Program, which is now accepting students for a start date of July 2013, joins two currently existing programs: the Culinary Arts & Design Program (WTC) and UWinnipeg’s Business and Economics Bachelor of Business Administration. Supported by Manitoba industry, the intention is to ensure that potential graduates have the skills, knowledge and competencies to function in various capacities including owning or managing a restaurant or a food service establishment. Topics include culinary arts and design, food politics, management, human resources planning, marketing, legal issues in business, business communication, small business ownership, accounting, and financial management. There will also be a one year optional mentorship placement.

“This pathway into post-secondary education represents an attractive credential for many people, including adult learners who are already experienced in the food and restaurant industry and who want to augment their skills,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg.  “We are deeply committed to creating programs in partnership with WTC that provide laddering between credentials and opportunities to earn dual credits in a practical time frame. This new diploma builds on our successful collaboration.” WTC and UWinnipeg also offer a dual Network Security Diploma.

Graduates can expect to own, manage and be employed in restaurants, hotels, conference centres, nursing homes and hospitals.

“Our goal in creating the Restaurant & Food Services Entrepreneurship Diploma Program is to help students examine business ownership and business operation with the use of real-life business plans; and to synthesize innovative and current approaches to restaurant and food services,” said Dr. Sylvie Albert, Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, UWinnipeg. “This is a growth industry.”

“This program combines applied learning with theoretical knowledge, marks the beginning of a new era in secondary and post secondary educational programming and creates incredible educational and employment pathways for our learners. No wrong choices and endless possibilities,” said John Bobbette, President and CEO, Winnipeg Technical College.

Register or get more information abut the Restaurant & Food Services Entrepreneurship Diploma.

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Ellen Brownstone, Vice-President, International & Institutional Relations,
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Diane Poulin, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
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