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Baker College Culinary Arts Director to Receive American Academy of Chefs Award

July 21, 2014

Recinella cited for devotion to students

PORT HURON, Mich. – Thomas Recinella, CEC, ACE, AAC, program director for Baker College of Port Huron’s Culinary Institute of Michigan, will receive the Sharing Culinary Traditions Award from the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), on July 27. The award will be presented during a formal ceremony at the ACF national convention in Kansas City.

Recinella, director of the culinary arts and food and beverage management programs, was chosen for this honor because of his unwavering dedication to the education of future culinarians.

“Over the years, Chef Tom has shown his passion to work with students and culinarians,” said AAC Chairman Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC. “He is an ideal role model with a deeply rooted passion for and love of the profession. Chef Tom is most deserving of this prestigious culinary award.”

Recinella has been an indispensable constituent of Baker College since September 2012 when he was selected to expand its world-class culinary arts program in Port Huron. He has more than 30 years of culinary and food and beverage experience under his pleated toque with an extensive background in private clubs, fine dining restaurants, catering, banquets and culinary education.

Recinella is a long-time ACF member and an AAC fellow. Last year, he was inducted into membership of the prestigious gastronomic society Disciples Escoffier International-USA.

For more information about the Baker College of Port Huron culinary arts program, contact Daniel Kenny in the admissions office at Daniel.Kenny@baker.edu, or 810.985.7000 or 888.262.2442.

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    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
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    • Job postings
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  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

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    • Select Financial Aid office.
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    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
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Baker College Culinary Arts Director to Receive American Academy of Chefs Award

July 21, 2014

Recinella cited for devotion to students

Thomas Recinella

PORT HURON, Mich. – Thomas Recinella, CEC, ACE, AAC, program director for Baker College of Port Huron’s Culinary Institute of Michigan, will receive the Sharing Culinary Traditions Award from the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), on July 27. The award will be presented during a formal ceremony at the ACF national convention in Kansas City.

Recinella, director of the culinary arts and food and beverage management programs, was chosen for this honor because of his unwavering dedication to the education of future culinarians.

“Over the years, Chef Tom has shown his passion to work with students and culinarians,” said AAC Chairman Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC. “He is an ideal role model with a deeply rooted passion for and love of the profession. Chef Tom is most deserving of this prestigious culinary award.”

Recinella has been an indispensable constituent of Baker College since September 2012 when he was selected to expand its world-class culinary arts program in Port Huron. He has more than 30 years of culinary and food and beverage experience under his pleated toque with an extensive background in private clubs, fine dining restaurants, catering, banquets and culinary education.

Recinella is a long-time ACF member and an AAC fellow. Last year, he was inducted into membership of the prestigious gastronomic society Disciples Escoffier International-USA.

For more information about the Baker College of Port Huron culinary arts program, contact Daniel Kenny in the admissions office at Daniel.Kenny@baker.edu, or 810.985.7000 or 888.262.2442.

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.

    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
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