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November 7, 2007 > East Bay Culinary Arts Institute

East Bay Culinary Arts Institute

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

Students interested in pursuing careers in the culinary arts will have a unique opportunity to study, train and gain practical experience when the New Haven Unified School District opens the East Bay Culinary Arts Institute.

Classrooms, training kitchens and a full-service, public restaurant are planned for the $5.28 million facility, to be built on the campus of James Logan High School. The Board of Education has approved a resolution authorizing the District to seek $2.64 million in state matching funds for construction of the 8,513-square-foot facility. The remainder of funds will come from Measure A, a $120 million bond approved by New Haven voters in 2003.

"The East Bay Culinary Arts Institute is another example of how our District is taking seriously our mission to develop and empower all of our students, including those with specific interests and goals to be productive, responsible and successful citizens" says Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi. She thanked Executive Director of Operations Enrique Palacios for his efforts to make the Institute a reality.

"We are planning to provide a very unique opportunity for our students," Palacios comments. "I've seen similar programs, but I don't know how many are tied so directly to the school district or that have a public restaurant on a high school campus."

The East Bay Culinary Arts Institute is designed to serve 500 students, including students from Logan and other local high schools that are part of the Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and students from the New Haven Adult School. The facility, to be built on the corner of Alvarado-Niles Road and Hartnell St., will feature a 75-seat restaurant where students will prepare and serve meals to paying customers under the guidance of a professional chef.

Associate Superintendent for Education Services Carnell Edwards and New Haven Adult School Principal Nancy George worked with Palacios to put together the program, along with Rick Herrmann and Shelley Adams of Mission Valley ROP. Palacios says that James Logan High School teacher Sue Hinojoza did most of the writing on the proposal that was approved by the state.

Earlier this month, the California Department of Education approved the District's application to build the Institute under the state's Career Technical Education Facilities program. The program is funded by Proposition 1D, an educational facilities bond passed by California voters in November 2006.

Construction for the Culinary Arts Institute is expected to begin in the summer of 2008.

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