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 helms.edu 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 www.helms.edu.