CCM is developing the Center for Entrepreneurship and Culinary Science through unique partnerships

CCM is developing the Center for Entrepreneurship and Culinary Science through unique partnerships

College of Morris County (CCM) recently celebrated another groundbreaking event, for the benefit of students and the community alike. A ceremony last week marked a unique partnership with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, other area chambers and local businesses that led to the development of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Culinary Sciences (CECS), an impressive 11,325-square-foot addition.

Megan Hancher, president and CEO of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, spoke about the chamber’s relationship with the college, saying, “It’s a testament to how we can come together, collaborate, and break down any silos that exist. It’s about fulfilling our missions and achieving them together.”

CECS will offer new and expanded programs in both business and culinary sciences. This innovative partnership will create new opportunities for community members seeking to launch or expand their own businesses.

“That in itself is very entrepreneurial, the desire to fill a need or solve a problem,” Hoenscher also said. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Culinary Science will equip students of all ages and interests to successfully launch their businesses.

CECS will also be home to the new CCM Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute of New Jersey (CHAI-NJ). The institute will focus on training executive chefs for several restaurants in the region and providing a pool of qualified and well-educated staff. The expansion of the culinary science teaching and learning environment includes an impressive, large-scale baker’s kitchen. An accelerated associate degree in Hospitality Arts can also be earned through CCM Virtual Campus in as little as 18 months (starting Spring 2024) with access to students on a global scale.

“This is our third new building in a matter of weeks,” said George Mylonas, 98, chairman of the CCM Board of Trustees. “Today’s Culinary Studies and Entrepreneurship Building represents another major milestone in our college’s journey to provide a cutting-edge learning environment for our students who are pursuing their dreams in the culinary industry and the field of entrepreneurship.”

Milonas added: “It will serve as a center for creativity, innovation, skills building, and development of future leaders, in these important industries in our constantly evolving world.” This new building aims to help inspire, educate and fully support the next generation of top culinary masters and business visionaries.

Anthony Iacono, President of CCM, expressed his enthusiasm for this unique center, saying, “Changing lives and strengthening communities means we listen to the leaders around us who understand the changing needs of their industries and partner with them to meet their needs. At CCM, we Focused on helping people succeed, CCM embraces its role as one of Morris County’s economic engines.

Funding for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Culinary Science is made possible through support from state and county sources.

Aaron Fichtner, President of the Council of County Colleges of New Jersey, also offered his congratulations, saying, “We look to CCM as a source of inspiration as we chart a very ambitious future for community colleges…. It truly inspires us nationwide.

“It’s not just a new building, it’s new programs. It’s not just new programs, it’s changing the lives of our students,” Iacono said.

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