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Institute for the Culinary Arts
& Alumni Conference Center

Imagine a place where the sparks of learning combine with fine food, top-notch chefs and hands-on training in a live restaurant setting. Now imagine those sparks igniting a passion for culinary arts. What you’ve just imagined is reality every day at the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Institute for the Culinary Arts (ICA), a nationally recognized program that is growing steadily as more and more students find their calling in the culinary and hospitality fields.

In response to constant enrollment growth and workforce demand, MCC is building the new Institute for the Culinary Arts and Alumni Conference Center at the Fort Omaha Campus. Both a state-of-the-art educational facility and community anchor for North Omaha, the new building will enable the award-winning Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program to grow from its current 9,452 square feet to 17,076 square feet of instructional and service space and increase student capacity from 650 to 1,000. High-tech kitchens and instructional equipment will rival those at other national programs that cost students $50,000 for a two-year degree, enabling MCC to continue its tradition of offering excellence in education at an affordable cost.

culinaryAs Omaha's national reputation has flourished and restaurant establishments have increased in number and variety, demand for culinary professionals has grown significantly. MCC’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program has helped meet those demands by placing 100 percent of its graduates into the workforce. Large student enrollments, however, have outpaced the current facilities. Despite holding classes seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the ICA still has waiting lists for most courses offered. The new facility will enable the ICA to train professionals for more than 300 projected new high-wage/high-demand jobs in the greater Omaha community on an annual basis and provide much needed redevelopment in the North Omaha area.

The Alumni Conference Center, located on the building’s second floor, will extend the reach of the ICA into the community by offering flexible conference space for up to 800 people, which can be divided into smaller rooms. A student- operated Bistro with seating for 80 will also be open to the public.

Your support will help provide state-of-the art kitchen and instructional equipment, professional landscaping, student scholarships, and opportunities for professional development. It will also enable the ICA to develop new community education offerings centered on healthy cooking, eating and living.

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