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Baker College of Port Huron CIM Names Jill Tucker ‘Student Chef of the Year’

July 23, 2014

Tucker will represent CIM at Southeast Michigan competition August 12

PORT HURON, Mich. – Jill Tucker, of St. Clair, has been named Student Chef of the Year (SCOY) for Baker College of Port Huron Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM). She will represent the college at the Michigan Chef de Cuisine Association (MCCA) overall SCOY championship at the Dorsey Schools in Roseville on Aug. 12.

“This title acknowledges Jill for her dedication and devotion to her education, the culinary profession and, most importantly, her fellow students,” said Thomas F. Recinella, CEC®, ACE, AAC®, program director and COURSES Restaurant executive chef at CIM Port Huron. “We are very proud of her and cannot wait to see her test her skills and knowledge against a very tough pack of her peers.”

CIM Port Huron faculty used strict criteria from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) to conduct the SCOY selection process. Tucker, who is also the president of the ACF student chapter at CIM Port Huron, was the unanimous choice. She will be the first student to represent the college at the MCCA competition.

Tucker will vie against eight other student culinarians, one from each college culinary program in the MCCA, for the title of Overall SCOY. Each student will have 60 minutes to prepare two portions of a signature dish while adhering to rigid ACF Competition guidelines. The dish may feature game hen, chicken or duck, or it can be a warm dessert.

“There is less than a month until the championship, and we will help her to be prepared to handle anything that could happen,” said Recinella. “Jill recently competed in front of 400 spectators at Detroit’s Eastern Market and won two medals, so I know that she can handle pressure. She’s already conceptualizing her dish.”

The MCCA is the Southeastern Michigan chapter of the ACF. It brings together professional and up-and-coming chefs from six counties and boasts the highest level of professional members, certified master chefs and certified executive chefs in the ACF.

ACF, an organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1929 to promote the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.

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.

For more information about the MCCA SCOY Championship, visit www.mccachef.org.

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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:

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    • 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:

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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:

    • 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.
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Baker College of Port Huron CIM Names Jill Tucker ‘Student Chef of the Year’

July 23, 2014

Tucker will represent CIM at Southeast Michigan competition August 12

Jill Tucker

PORT HURON, Mich. – Jill Tucker, of St. Clair, has been named Student Chef of the Year (SCOY) for Baker College of Port Huron Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM). She will represent the college at the Michigan Chef de Cuisine Association (MCCA) overall SCOY championship at the Dorsey Schools in Roseville on Aug. 12.

“This title acknowledges Jill for her dedication and devotion to her education, the culinary profession and, most importantly, her fellow students,” said Thomas F. Recinella, CEC®, ACE, AAC®, program director and COURSES Restaurant executive chef at CIM Port Huron. “We are very proud of her and cannot wait to see her test her skills and knowledge against a very tough pack of her peers.”

CIM Port Huron faculty used strict criteria from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) to conduct the SCOY selection process. Tucker, who is also the president of the ACF student chapter at CIM Port Huron, was the unanimous choice. She will be the first student to represent the college at the MCCA competition.

Tucker will vie against eight other student culinarians, one from each college culinary program in the MCCA, for the title of Overall SCOY. Each student will have 60 minutes to prepare two portions of a signature dish while adhering to rigid ACF Competition guidelines. The dish may feature game hen, chicken or duck, or it can be a warm dessert.

“There is less than a month until the championship, and we will help her to be prepared to handle anything that could happen,” said Recinella. “Jill recently competed in front of 400 spectators at Detroit’s Eastern Market and won two medals, so I know that she can handle pressure. She’s already conceptualizing her dish.”

The MCCA is the Southeastern Michigan chapter of the ACF. It brings together professional and up-and-coming chefs from six counties and boasts the highest level of professional members, certified master chefs and certified executive chefs in the ACF.

ACF, an organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1929 to promote the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.

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.

For more information about the MCCA SCOY Championship, visit www.mccachef.org.

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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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Our students have been extremely successful in competitions…gold medals, best of shows…

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