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Washburne Adds New Hospitality Management Program

Washburne Adds New Hospitality Management Program

8/21/2014 12:00 AM


 In keeping up with the demand for a well-trained workforce in a growing industry, Washburne Culinary Institute, located at 740 W. 63rd St., on the campus of City Colleges of Chicago’s Kennedy-King College (KKC), has added hospitality management to its academic programs, effective fall 2014.

Students entering Washburne’s College to Careers (C2C) culinary program in the fall semester, which begins August 25, 2014, now have the option of basic and advanced certificates and associate degrees in one of three areas: culinary arts, baking and pastry arts or hospitality management.  

The Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree program in Hospitality Management provides students with the necessary training to work in management at restaurants, hotels, and entertainment facilities, when coupled with progressive industry experience.  A customer service-oriented curriculum is stressed in every class throughout the two-year program.  Coursework includes: management skills, financial management, restaurant and hotel operational management, kitchen methods and techniques, marketing principles, internship hours, business planning, resume writing and interviewing techniques.  General education classes must also be completed to satisfy the degree requirements. 

 “Our programs have been developed with input from employers and industry leaders offering our students hands on learning experiences that set them up to seize the 24,000 hospitality and culinary jobs expected to come to the Chicago area alone over the next decade,” said Kristopher Murray, executive director and dean of Washburne.  

To reflect the broadening of its program offerings, Washburne has changed the official name of the school to the Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute (WCHI), effective immediately. “We are so excited about adding the hospitality component to Kennedy-King’s C2C program,” said KKC President Arshele Stevens. “By completing the affordable and valuable credentials offered at Washburne, Chicagoans will be prepared to hit the ground running in this in-demand field.”

WCHI’s College to Careers program graduates nearly 200 certificate and degree completers each year.  One of the oldest culinary schools in the nation, Washburne combines state-of-the-art culinary techniques, with hands-on training and real-world experience. Washburne’s training facilities include several popular Chicago restaurants: Sikia, 740 W. 63rd St; The Parrot Cage, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.; Washburne Café, 226 W. Jackson Blvd., and the Washburne Café at the Fountain, a seasonal café located in Grant Park next to Buckingham Fountain.  



Through the College to Careers initiative, Washburne has forged partnerships with industry leaders to ensure the high quality, relevant curriculum. Washburne’s C2C partners include: Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Chicago, Aramark, Rome’s Joy Catering and Washburne alumnus, Jimmy Banos, owner of Heaven on Seven and the Purple Pig restaurants.



Registration for fall classes at KKC runs through Saturday, August 23. For more information about educational opportunities at Washburne, call 773-602-5485.



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City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation with 5,700 faculty and staff serving 115,000 students annually at seven colleges and six satellite sites. The seven colleges include: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College. City Colleges also oversees: the award-winning Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute, the French Pastry School, the Parrot Cage Restaurant at South Shore Cultural Center, the Sikia Banquet Facility, five Child Development Centers, the Workforce Academy, the public broadcast station WYCC TV Channel 20 and radio station WKKC FM 89.3. 
Under the leadership of Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, the City Colleges of Chicago is in the midst of a Reinvention, a collaborative effort to review and revise CCC programs and practices to ensure students leave CCC college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their life's goals. Since the launch of Reinvention, City Colleges has awarded the highest number of degrees in its history and nearly doubled the graduation rate.  Through the College to Careers program launched by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chancellor Hyman, City Colleges partners with employers and four year college partners to ensure its occupational programs reflect workforce need. For more information about City Colleges of Chicago, call (773) COLLEGE or visit 

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