Estrella Mountain Community College Partners with NAU to Streamline Bachelor’s Degrees for Culinary Students
Participants in the EMCC two-year degree program may now transfer credits to NAU’s four-year hotel and restaurant management program
Avondale, Arizona – March 2, 2011 – Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) are happy to announce an agreement that will allow students in the EMCC Culinary Studies Program a convenient way to transfer into NAU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management to earn a bachelor’s degree from the university. The transfer agreement will allow students who earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in culinary arts through EMCC to transfer to NAU to complete the upper-division coursework to earn their bachelor’s degrees in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Students who complete their first two years at EMCC can transfer up to 75 credits from the Culinary Studies Degree to the Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) program at NAU. After entering the NAU HRM program, transfer students from EMCC may pursue upper-division courses in person at the NAU campus in Flagstaff, at NAU on the Scottsdale Community College campus or through NAU Online.
In operation since 2002, the Culinary Studies Program at EMCC offers a 16-credit Basic Culinary Studies Certificate, a 23-credit Baking and Pastry Certificate, a 33-credit Culinary Studies Certificate and a 64-credit degree program resulting in an AAS degree. Steve Griffiths, Director of the Culinary Studies Program at EMCC, said, “We will continue to offer all of these programs. What’s new is that now our students will have the option of transferring smoothly into a four-year bachelor’s program. This will allow our students do as much as they can at EMCC, where they can benefit from flexible, cost-effective options for their basic education.”
Current EMCC students interested in the program will each have an individualized track for transfer, and should consult an EMCC advisor. NAU’s “Connection” partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges streamlines the transfer processes for students to earn NAU degrees at local community colleges, online or in Flagstaff. EMCC students with specific questions regarding transfer credits may consult an NAU Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 423-6461.
The Estrella Mountain Community College Culinary Studies Program program offers students broad exposure to the culinary arts, including culinary theory, hospitality courses and hands-on lab work in its fully-equipped kitchen and on-campus restaurant, Regions. Students include those pursuing degrees or certificates to prepare for work and those who seek personal enrichment. The program caters to both categories of student by delivering classes in a flexible format. It cultivates partnerships with local high schools and food service businesses to provide educational and placement opportunities for graduates preparing for culinary-related careers. For more information, visit www.estrellamountain.edu/occed/culinary .
NAU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Hospitality Administration, an honor earned by fewer than 20 percent of the nation's baccalaureate degree-granting programs in the field. With a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from NAU, students are prepared for leadership roles in hospitality-related enterprises. For more information, visit www.extended.nau.edu .
Estrella Mountain Community College is located on Thomas and Dysart Roads in Avondale and offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training to approximately 14,000 students annually. Estrella Mountain is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. For more information, visit www.estrellamountain.edu or www.maricopa.edu.
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