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Baker College Culinary Students Again Heading to SkillsUSA National Championship

April 18, 2017
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Two students successfully defend CIM state champion status; three others medal.

PORT HURON, Mich. – Student chefs at Baker College’s Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM) continue to excel in culinary competition.

Two students repeated the CIM’s top state wins in the post-secondary culinary arts and commercial baking categories, and three others earned additional medals at the 2017 Michigan SkillsUSA competition.

Awards were presented April 9 in Grand Rapids at the SkillsUSA Michigan Championship Awards ceremony. The competition was hosted by Baker College’s Port Huron campus in March.

Students who will advance to the national competition, held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 22-23, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky, are:

  • Jamie Cook, of Saginaw, gold medalist and Michigan state champion in culinary arts.
  • Christina Eldracher, of Yale, gold medalist and Michigan state champion in commercial baking.

Both are earning associate degrees: Cook is in culinary arts, and Eldracher is in baking and pastry.

“Each time our students compete we are awed all over again by their expertise and professionalism,” said Thomas F. Recinella, CEC®, AAC®, HGT, CIM Port Huron dean of culinary arts and COURSES Restaurant executive chef. “The entire team, faculty coaches and mentors all worked extremely hard with the single goal for the students to perform their best. These competitions help students hone their skills and elevate performance in the classroom for all students.”

Other CIM medalists are:

  • Culinary arts student Robert Brooks, of Capac, won the silver medal in culinary arts.
  • Baking and pastry student Laura Buendia, of Saginaw, won the bronze medal in commercial baking.
  • Culinary arts student Dwayne Howard Jr., of Detroit, won the bronze medal in restaurant service.
  • Also competing were CIM culinary arts student Kyle Grace, of Chesterfield, and baking and pastry student Quinton Patman, of Saginaw.

CIM faculty who worked with the team include instructors Nick Cornfield, Scott Twichell and Karlee Schulz, and Paula Recinella, CHE, CIM Port Huron senior lead instructor and COURSES Restaurant manager.

Competitors at the state competition included student chefs from culinary schools primarily located in southeastern Michigan.

Baker College offers culinary programs in Port Huron and Muskegon at world-class facilities built specifically for the study of culinary arts.

For more information about Baker College programs, contact Dan Kenny in the admissions office at [email protected] , 888.262.2442 or 810.985.7000, or visit www.baker.edu.

SkillsUSA serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, and teachers. Programming includes local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

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The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science. Baker College has on-ground campuses throughout Michigan and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook.

Baker College student chef Dwayne Howard Jr., of Detroit, won the bronze medal in the SkillsUSA restaurant service category.
 
Baker College student chef Christina Eldracher, of Yale, is the gold medalist and Michigan state champion in the SkillsUSA commercial baking category.
 
Baker College student chef Robert Brooks, of Capac, won the silver medal in the SkillsUSA culinary arts category.
 
Baker College student chef Jamie Cook, of Saginaw, is the gold medalist and Michigan state champion in the SkillsUSA culinary arts category.
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Baker College Culinary Students Again Heading to SkillsUSA National Championship

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Baker College Culinary Students Again Heading to SkillsUSA National Championship

April 18, 2017
zoom

Two students successfully defend CIM state champion status; three others medal.

PORT HURON, Mich. – Student chefs at Baker College’s Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM) continue to excel in culinary competition.

Two students repeated the CIM’s top state wins in the post-secondary culinary arts and commercial baking categories, and three others earned additional medals at the 2017 Michigan SkillsUSA competition.

Awards were presented April 9 in Grand Rapids at the SkillsUSA Michigan Championship Awards ceremony. The competition was hosted by Baker College’s Port Huron campus in March.

Students who will advance to the national competition, held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 22-23, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky, are:

  • Jamie Cook, of Saginaw, gold medalist and Michigan state champion in culinary arts.
  • Christina Eldracher, of Yale, gold medalist and Michigan state champion in commercial baking.

Both are earning associate degrees: Cook is in culinary arts, and Eldracher is in baking and pastry.

“Each time our students compete we are awed all over again by their expertise and professionalism,” said Thomas F. Recinella, CEC®, AAC®, HGT, CIM Port Huron dean of culinary arts and COURSES Restaurant executive chef. “The entire team, faculty coaches and mentors all worked extremely hard with the single goal for the students to perform their best. These competitions help students hone their skills and elevate performance in the classroom for all students.”

Other CIM medalists are:

  • Culinary arts student Robert Brooks, of Capac, won the silver medal in culinary arts.
  • Baking and pastry student Laura Buendia, of Saginaw, won the bronze medal in commercial baking.
  • Culinary arts student Dwayne Howard Jr., of Detroit, won the bronze medal in restaurant service.
  • Also competing were CIM culinary arts student Kyle Grace, of Chesterfield, and baking and pastry student Quinton Patman, of Saginaw.

CIM faculty who worked with the team include instructors Nick Cornfield, Scott Twichell and Karlee Schulz, and Paula Recinella, CHE, CIM Port Huron senior lead instructor and COURSES Restaurant manager.

Competitors at the state competition included student chefs from culinary schools primarily located in southeastern Michigan.

Baker College offers culinary programs in Port Huron and Muskegon at world-class facilities built specifically for the study of culinary arts.

For more information about Baker College programs, contact Dan Kenny in the admissions office at [email protected] , 888.262.2442 or 810.985.7000, or visit www.baker.edu.

SkillsUSA serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, and teachers. Programming includes local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

___________________

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science. Baker College has on-ground campuses throughout Michigan and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook.

Baker College student chef Dwayne Howard Jr., of Detroit, won the bronze medal in the SkillsUSA restaurant service category.
 
Baker College student chef Christina Eldracher, of Yale, is the gold medalist and Michigan state champion in the SkillsUSA commercial baking category.
 
Baker College student chef Robert Brooks, of Capac, won the silver medal in the SkillsUSA culinary arts category.
 
Baker College student chef Jamie Cook, of Saginaw, is the gold medalist and Michigan state champion in the SkillsUSA culinary arts category.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, 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 Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • 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 accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / 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
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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