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CIM Alum Starts Business After Graduation

March 22, 2017
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Tim Nimtz has always been passionate about butchering, but only recently was he able to transform that passion into a successful career. His interest in meat processing began when he was young; he created hand-made sausages alongside his great-grandfather, Arnold Doberstein. Eventually, he realized the tremendous opportunity in this niche industry, as many of the butchering community's finest are of retirement age

Determined to gain the skills necessary for success in a promising industry, Nimtz enrolled at the Culinary Institute of Michigan. While there, he expanded his understanding of the culinary field by working with some of the industry's most knowledgeable professionals. He emerged with a range of valuable culinary skills, fostered through extensive hands-on training.

Upon graduation, Nimtz joined forces with good friend Willie Hannan to launch Clear Water Meats, an Eau Claire, Michigan butcher shop that emphasizes classic meat processing techniques. The company officially opened in 2015, and has since achieved an excellent reputation in and around Eau Claire.

Clear Water Meats offers meat processing services for both farm animals and wild game. Nimtz and Hannan promise customers that they can "rest assured that your meat will always be professionally vacuum-sealed and custom-labeled."

Although he strives to capture the old-world charm of the butcher shop business, Nimtz also infuses modern equipment and techniques into his business. The result is a unique blend of new and old that reflects his broad education and training. He refers to his business as a "new, modern, and clean shop." The company's motto? "Who's handling your meat?"

In recent months, Nimtz and Hannan have taken their business on the road, appearing at multiple trade shows, fundraisers, and other events. In November, 2016, Clear Water Meats hosted a DNR deer check for the deer season opener. This allowed Berrien County hunters to skip the long drive to Plainwell.

Big plans are in store for Clear Water Meats, which will release a full line of snack sticks when 2017 deer season arrives. Hannan and Nimtz are constantly looking to up the ante; their passion is greatly appreciated by their many loyal customers.

Tim Nimtz is proof that a solid culinary education and a passion for the field can take aspiring professionals a long way as they pursue their dreams. He is just one of numerous success stories from the Culinary Institute of Michigan. We wish him and his business all the best!

To learn more about how the Culinary Institute of Michigan can help you achieve your culinary goals, visit culinaryinstitutemi.com or call 855-487-7888.

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    • Engineering and Technology
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    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
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March 22, 2017
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Tim Nimtz has always been passionate about butchering, but only recently was he able to transform that passion into a successful career. His interest in meat processing began when he was young; he created hand-made sausages alongside his great-grandfather, Arnold Doberstein. Eventually, he realized the tremendous opportunity in this niche industry, as many of the butchering community's finest are of retirement age

Determined to gain the skills necessary for success in a promising industry, Nimtz enrolled at the Culinary Institute of Michigan. While there, he expanded his understanding of the culinary field by working with some of the industry's most knowledgeable professionals. He emerged with a range of valuable culinary skills, fostered through extensive hands-on training.

Upon graduation, Nimtz joined forces with good friend Willie Hannan to launch Clear Water Meats, an Eau Claire, Michigan butcher shop that emphasizes classic meat processing techniques. The company officially opened in 2015, and has since achieved an excellent reputation in and around Eau Claire.

Clear Water Meats offers meat processing services for both farm animals and wild game. Nimtz and Hannan promise customers that they can "rest assured that your meat will always be professionally vacuum-sealed and custom-labeled."

Although he strives to capture the old-world charm of the butcher shop business, Nimtz also infuses modern equipment and techniques into his business. The result is a unique blend of new and old that reflects his broad education and training. He refers to his business as a "new, modern, and clean shop." The company's motto? "Who's handling your meat?"

In recent months, Nimtz and Hannan have taken their business on the road, appearing at multiple trade shows, fundraisers, and other events. In November, 2016, Clear Water Meats hosted a DNR deer check for the deer season opener. This allowed Berrien County hunters to skip the long drive to Plainwell.

Big plans are in store for Clear Water Meats, which will release a full line of snack sticks when 2017 deer season arrives. Hannan and Nimtz are constantly looking to up the ante; their passion is greatly appreciated by their many loyal customers.

Tim Nimtz is proof that a solid culinary education and a passion for the field can take aspiring professionals a long way as they pursue their dreams. He is just one of numerous success stories from the Culinary Institute of Michigan. We wish him and his business all the best!

To learn more about how the Culinary Institute of Michigan can help you achieve your culinary goals, visit culinaryinstitutemi.com or call 855-487-7888.

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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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