How 120 Minutes Can Change Your Life Forever

Helms College student learning knife skills

Helms College Student Learning Knife Skills.

7200 seconds. 120 minutes. 2 hours. However you slice it, the time you spend at our upcoming Helms College open house may be brief, but it can change your life forever.

If you are searching for a college or trade school that will be the perfect fit for the career goals you have in mind chances are likely you have already begun your due diligence. You have probably prepared a checklist of the schools you are interested in and read their online reviews, perused their website and maybe even read their blog. In light of all your research, you may still have questions. Attending an open house is a great way to find meaning behind those answers you’ve been looking for.

Open house is different from a traditional campus tour because it gives you access to faculty, staff, students and alumni who are available to answer questions and you’ll have the opportunity to tour the campus as well. Even if you  know you want to attend a particular school, such as Helms College here are a few reasons you should still make plans to attend open house:

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First impressions mean a great deal when visiting a campus. Being able to view a school from many different angles — from instructors to facilities to financial aid options—will give you a feel for whether or not it’s a good fit for you, in and out of the classroom.

Meet Future Classmates . . . and Make Friends

Open house is a great way to start getting to know the people with whom you’ll be learning. These could be your future classmates, friends and kindred spirits that help nurture you down your path to success — after all, we are all in this together! Use open house as a  time to talk to other attendees and get a sense for the diversity and personalities of students interested in attending.

Helms College Culinary Students Working Together

Helms College Culinary Students Working Together.

Explore Your God-Given Talents and Passions

One of the most challenging aspects of college is choosing a curriculum — even if you think you already know what you want to do. During the open house, faculty and students representing various programs will be on hand to tell you why they love what they do, and how you can select the path that’s the best fit for you.

Start Plotting Your Career Path

How does the school you have in mind support and help prepare you for life after college? For example, at Helms College open house, you can learn how our Job Connection and Career Services staff is dedicated to helping our students build their careers from day one. Through our focus on combining strong experiential learning with classroom and laboratory instruction, Helms students acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to excel in the culinary and health services fields – right from the first day of class. We assist students in gaining employment while they are students through our Goodwill Staffing Services and then as graduates through our Job Connection. Our office of Career Services helps students develop the career tools they need to stand out in today’s competitive job market through a variety of workshops and career events throughout their studies.

Helms College Open House August 2017Are You Ready?

Helms College will be holding an open house at our amazing Macon and Augusta, GA, campuses on Saturday, Aug 26 from 10 AM until 12 PM. During the open house you may tour our state-of-the-art campuses and learn about the wealth of opportunities in career education offered at Helms College. Staff will be on hand to answer all of your questions about school programs, scholarships and financial aid options to help you get started on the path to your new career. Light refreshments will be served and free health screenings will be offered at our Augusta campus during the event.


Helms CollegeYou’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish in just 120 minutes and how that short amount of town can mark a new chapter in your life!  You may pre register for our upcoming open house or for information visit our website at You may also contact our admissions staff at 844-GO HELMS.



Train for a career in Health Services in less than two years!

Patient-Care-Technician-CertificationHealthcare is a broad field with many opportunities. There are few industries in which a person can work such varied jobs all in the same line of work. With the wide range of options, it can be a challenge to find a starting point. The good news is, at Helms College we make it easy to find your starting point. Whether you’re a high school graduate heading to school for the first time or taking the leap towards a career change, chances are, you’re probably looking for an option that can get you into the field quickly.

Here at Helms, we offer a variety of possible career paths that will provide you with a high-quality healthcare education in less than two years. As part of our School of Health Services, we offer a Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) program, which has a 9-month course curriculum; a Patient Care Technician (PCT) program that also has a 9-month curriculum; and a Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant program, which has a course curriculum of 12 months.

Caring Changes EverythingPCTs can work in hospitals, long-term care facilities and urgent care centers.  They have three specialties to choose from:  EKG, phlebotomy and CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).  PCTs also sit for the Certified Patient Care Technician exam.

MAAs generally work in medical offices.  There are two specialties to choose from:  Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist or Certified Medical Administrative Assistant.

In addition to being timely, our programs have an externship component that allows students to receive hands-on training.  Here at the School of Health Services, we are ACCET accredited, which means we can offer federal financial aid to those who qualify.  Helms College also offers 4 scholarship possibilities. In addition, we offer job placement services and work with students through Career Services.

The School of Health Services will begin classes on August 23.  Our school offers a more affordable option than similar institutions for people interested in pursuing entry-level careers.

Helms CollegeIf you’re interested in an exciting career in the medical field, visit today! You can also attend one of our Tuesday Tours. Tuesday Tours are a great opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes and see where Helms College students learn and prepare for professional careers in the field of hospitality and culinary arts and/or health services.
These tours are held every Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – and no appointment is required!

 Remember, classes begin August 23.

“Kids in the Kitchen” Culinary Day Camp Promises Fun, Food and Friends!

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Kids culinary day camp at Helms College

At Helms College, we are passionate about teaching culinary arts to aspiring chefs and gourmands. In an effort to share this passion with others, we are holding a Kids in the Kitchen culinary day camp for students who love cooking. The goal of this one-day Helms College culinary camp is to introduce young culinary artists to this fast-growing industry while exposing them to culinary skills. During this event, students will take a hands-on approach to the planning and preparation of barbecue delicacies such as pulled pork, pork ribs, barbecued chicken and accompanying dishes. This opportunity provides students with knowledge and experience that can only be gained by working alongside professional chef instructors.

In addition to learning culinary skills that they can carry throughout their life, campers will also serve their culinary creations at lunch following the class. Each student can host up to two guests afterward at Edgar’s Bistro to enjoy their creations.

This unique event is open to ages 12-16 and will be held on Thursday, July 13th from 9am-2pm at our Helms College Macon campus at the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. Lunch will follow immediately within Edgar’s Bistro located next door to the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway in Macon.

To register please call or email Chef Andy at (478) 471-4394, Spaces are limited and are sure to fill fast!

Don’t Miss The Helms College Main Event on Saturday, July 8th!

Cooking-school-of-middle-Ga-and-the-CSRA-areaAre you looking for a way to enrich your future without the time or monetary investment of a four-year college?

Helms College offers programs that will prepare you for a successful career in half that time. Our courses of study include culinary arts diploma and associate degree programs and our health services program include multi-skilled medical assistant, medical administrative assistant and patient care technician.  Our programs will prepare you for a successful and rewarding career in less than two years.

Want to learn more?

Helms College will be hosting an open house at the Augusta and Macon campuses this Saturday from 10 am until 12 pm! The open house is called The Main Event as we are now enrolling for summer classes that begin on July 17th.  Our highly vocational programs give students the chance to start their careers sooner and with less debt. Our programs can also serve as a launching point to start earning your bachelor’s degree.

The Main Event

If you are ready to get on the fast track towards a brighter future, we encourage you to attend The Main Event. You can tour our state-of-the-art campuses and light refreshments will be provided.  We will also be providing free health care screening during the event at our Augusta campus.


At Helms College, you can become part of a vibrant academic community where you will be guided in the classroom by faculty who possess a wealth of industry experience. They will challenge and push you to reach beyond both your previous accomplishments and obstacles and help you achieve the knowledge, skills and abilities you need for the career you want. In addition to your work in the classroom and labs, you will also have plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiential learning and training. Our academic programs, combined with our Job Connection career services, will train you to think strategically in the workplace, sharpen your skills and talents, and allow you to build a strong resume even before you earn your degree — just image the doors you could open!

If a career in culinary, hospitality or health services sounds like the right fit for you, we encourage you to attend The Main Event! For more information, contact admissions staff from Helms College at 844-GO HELMS or go to

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Getting to know Chef Andy Andersen

Chef Andy AndersonChef Andy Andersen plays an integral role in the success of Helms College. From our humble beginnings, Chef Instructor Andersen has been here every step of the way.

Chef Andersen’s love for culinary began at an early age. He recalls loving to cook as far back as nine years old and he loved spending time outdoors hunting and fishing from an early age. One of his first jobs was cooking at a local Red Lobster restaurant in Bismarck, North Dakota. It is there that he realized his passion for cooking and chose to work towards a career in the culinary field.

After graduating high school, Andy moved to Minneapolis where he attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Minneapolis/St. Paul. After receiving his associates at Le Cordon Bleu, he traveled to Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort where he completed an internship at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Working at Disney was so much fun that Chef Andersen stayed on to work with them a few years. From Disney, Chef Andersen then moved to Georgia to be close to his sister who lives in Warner Robins.

After working at country clubs and local restaurants in Middle Georgia, he learned Goodwill was planning to start a culinary school. This news, of course, piqued his interest. Chef Andersen came aboard and helped open Edgar’s Bistro and has worked here at Helms ever since!

Chef Anderson ways his favorite part is to watch a student's passion for cooking grow as they go through the programChef Andersen is currently the culinary arts program manager for the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality at Helms College of Macon, GA. This involves overseeing all of the day-to-day operations and ensures all the classes are staying within budget, the curriculum is covered correctly and bringing on new employees. His time at Helms has given him the ability to appreciate teaching and watch students grow as individuals as part of the program. Chef Andersen says his favorite part is to watch a student’s passion for cooking grow as they go through the program; he says there is nothing quite like it.

One of Chef Andersen’s personal passions is wine. He is a bit of a self-taught wine connoisseur. His knowledge and expertise with wine have helped immensely with planning wine dinners. Four-course wine dinners are being held as a grand finale at Edgar’s Bistro at the end of each quarter for the culinary evening classes. Chef Andersen recently joined forces with Dirt Farmers for some cooking demonstrations at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. Along with wine, Chef Andersen also has a passion for pork.  Chef Andersen is passionate about cooking with pork, and demonstrating how to properly break down the pork. He is also well-versed in identifying the different breeds, including heritage pigs.

Chef Andersen has played a huge role in the success of Helms College, overseeing much of its growth and teaching many students in their own paths to success in the culinary industry, and we look forward to what the future holds.

Helms CollegeThe Helms College difference is grounded in the many unique skills and backgrounds each member of our faculty, administration and chefs add to our staff. Their experience and expertise have helped mold Helms to what it is today.

Helms College chef-inspired grilled bread salad — just in time for the debut of summer entertaining!

grilled_panzanella_salad_recipe2Memorial Day weekend marked the official beginning of summer. The season when outdoor celebrations, like barbecues and outdoor dinner parties, are underway. With this in mind, it can sometimes be difficult to find crowd-worthy dishes that promote a healthy lifestyle and taste delicious.

Our talented chef staff here at Helms College are involved in the day-to-day classroom operations as well as working along with our students to plan the seasonal menu for Edgar’s. Chef Andy Anderson recently shared one of his recipes for hearty and healthy grilled bread salad, perfect for summer dining.


Grilled Bread Salad


  • 1 each loaf of focaccia (about 12in by 12in)
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh dill chopped.
  • 2 each  cucumber,  sliced thin
  • 2 each large tomatoes diced
  • 1 each red onion thinly sliced
  • 16 oz feta crumbles
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Split Focaccia in half and coat each side with olive oil. Place bread on the grill until golden brown on both sides. Remove bread and let cool.
  • Combine olive oil lemon juice and dill together to make the dressing.
  • Dice the bread into ½ inch cubes.
  • Toss all ingredients together and let sit for 30 min before you serve.

**The addition of chopped red and yellow bell peppers, and/or zucchini is optional

Recipe courtesy Chef Andy Andersen

Helms CollegeLook for more taste-tempting recipes from the staff and students at Helms College in future articles, too! Imagine the doors you could open with a culinary education from Helms College. We have two campuses serving the Middle Georgia and CSRA region: the Augusta School of Hospitality and the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. Visit the Helms College website today to learn more today!

Have You Heard About the Exciting Health Care Career Training Offered at Helms College?

School of Health Services Open House In Augusta GAToday, the healthcare field is one of the largest and most rapidly growing career fields. Healthcare-related jobs are in high demand and offer a variety of different opportunities. This includes careers where you can work in clinics, homes, hospitals, labs, or even directly with the patients.

One of the driving factors for the growing need for healthcare workers is America’s aging population. As baby boomers have aged, there has been an increasing number of people needing special age-related care. Additionally, in recent years, more and more people are becoming health conscious. Much of the population has a heightened desire to want to remain fit and take care of themselves. This includes regular checkups with their doctors to ensure they are on the right path to leading a healthy lifestyle. Based on these reasons, and many more, the healthcare industry continues to flourish.


If you enjoy helping others and love a fast-paced, challenging environment, a career in the healthcare industry might be ideal for you. Our Health Services programs are very much hands-on, so you learn career-focused and practical lessons that will help you get an education to make you successful in the following healthcare careers:

PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN: This program gets students ready to execute nursing assistant duties such as obtaining vital signs, collecting and preparing specimens, doing EKGs, phlebotomy and other needed laboratory procedures. With patient care jobs projected to increase through 2022 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), the position of Patient Care Technician is in high demand.

Patient-Care-Technician-CertificationMULTI-SKILLED MEDICAL ASSISTANT: Students learn to assist doctors in a medical office setting to do a variety of clinical procedures including obtaining vital signs, collection and preparation of specimens, doing EKG’s, Phlebotomy, administering injections, assisting in minor procedures, preparing electronic health records (EHR), and performing front office duties.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Multi-Skilled Medical Assistants is projected to grow 23 percent by 2024—much faster than average for all occupations—due to the increased demand for preventive medical services and the growth of an aging population.

MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Learn medical coding, billing and administrative responsibilities. Job opportunities for Medical Administrative Assistants are predicted to be high, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with demand expected to increase through 2022.

Caring Changes EverythingHelms College has the expertise to teach students what they need to know to get started in a new career. Graduates will be ready for an entry-level job in places including: physicians’ offices, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, long-term care facilities, laboratory departments, pharmacies, insurance and health records offices.  Our career development center works to pair graduates with local facilities that are seeking students with the type of knowledge earned at Helms College.

For more information about Helms College and our diverse menu of career training options, contact our admissions office today at 706-651-9707 or 1-844-GO HELMS.




Helms College Explores Culinary and Hospitality Career Paths

Macon-GA-culinary-arts-school-Helms-CollegeThe culinary career trend is sweeping the nation. Being a chef has become as cool as being a rock star, but the perception of glamour associated with the job can be misleading as it gives the impression reaching star status as a chef is easy.

Choosing a career path can be quite daunting, especially with a career that requires an investment in training and internship in order to reach your goals. The popularity of culinary and hospitality-related careers has also made the industry very competitive. There are many avenues available to students that go beyond becoming a culinary star. According to Irena Chalmers’ book, 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and FOOD Lovers, there are literally hundreds of career paths within the industry. Here are a few listed from Chalmers’ book:

Helms-College-Macon-students-at-the-VIP-preview-for-the-Spirits-of-October-2013Airline Chef, Banquets Chef, Butcher, Cake Designer, Caterer, Chef Instructor, Cruise-Ship Chef, Dietitian, Event Planner, Food Stylist, Master Chef, Personal Chef, Pastry Chef, Restaurant Consultant and Sous Chef.

Interest in cooking in, dining out, and other culinary and gustatory pursuits has elevated the food service industry to the nation’s largest private-sector employer (second only to the federal government). The United States, alone, will generate $7.2 trillion in the culinary and hospitality industry during the next five years. Meanwhile, 80 million households can tune in to watch the Food Network as shows like Top Chef draw an audience of all ages.

In this highly competitive industry, however, dedication can pay off as new restaurants are opening every day to provide jobs and help build careers.  Here in Georgia, restaurants play a vital role in local communities throughout the state. There are currently 446,600 restaurant and food service jobs in Georgia, which accounts for 10 percent of employment in the state. These numbers are expected to grow substantially within the next 10 years to nearly 16 percent, adding 69,900 additional jobs.

Helms College Culinary and Hospitality Training

For those considering a culinary or hospitality career, the bottom line is that food is a necessity. And the culinary arts bring people together.

HelmsCollegeEven for the greatest chefs, talent is not the only way to success. Along with your cooking talent comes just as much hard work and dedication. At Helms College, our Culinary Arts Diploma or Associate of Applied Science programs will provide you with an opportunity to embrace your talent and develop the culinary techniques necessary to take you to the next level in the hospitality industry. Contact us today at to learn more!

“This is my advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and, above all, have fun.” – Julia Child


Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Open House!

Helms College Open HouseThe Helms College Macon and Augusta Campuses are currently enrolling for the spring semester. With this in mind, the faculty and staff of Helms College’s Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality in Macon and the Augusta School of Hospitality and School of Health Services in Augusta invite you to tour the campuses and explore future career opportunities during open house Saturday, March 11th, from 1o until noon.

Prospective students can learn about the wealth of opportunities in career education offered at Helms College. Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions about school programs, scholarships and financial aid options to help you get started on the path to your new career. Our curriculum offers training for careers in the hospitality field and health services. Day and evening classes are available at both Helms College locations.

Open House at Helms CollegeThe Helms College School of Hospitality Associate Degree and Diploma programs prepare graduates for executive chef, sous chef, and restaurant manager positions. All Helms College culinary courses are taught by professional, industry-experienced chefs in a hands-on setting that allows the students to learn the best practices directly from accomplished chefs. The program emphasizes technical and theoretical knowledge; practical applications of cooking, baking, and serving; and management skills needed for success in the food service industry. Courses also include fundamental business skills such as cost control and supervising food service personnel.

Helms College’s School of Health Services offers training for Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician and Medical Administrative Assistant. Upon completion of any of these certificate-level programs, students will have a wide range of entry-level skills to serve in various allied health settings. They will also have the ability to gain specialized certification for positions in a variety of health-care facilities. This program is located at our Augusta campus.

School of Health Services Open House In Augusta GA

If a career in culinary, hospitality or health sciences sounds like the right fit we encourage you to attend the open house. Refreshments will be provided, and the Helms College computer lab will be available during the open house session for prospective students who need assistance in completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

HelmsCollegeFor more information, contact admissions staff from Helms College at 844-GO HELMS or go to