A new Culinary and Convergent Digital Arts facility – to be located between the Stocker Arts Center and the Spitzer Conference Center – will provide lab and classroom space for a new culinary program and the integration of digital technology into many Arts and Humanities division programs.
This location was chosen because of the potential relationship of the Culinary program to support events in Stocker and Spitzer and the link of the studio with the Arts and Humanities division.
Construction on the facility is planned to begin in late summer with a fall 2012 opening.
The Culinary and Convergent Digital Arts facility will be a two-story, 44,671 square-foot facility that is comprised of 29,787 square feet of new space and 14,884 square feet of renovated/repurposed spaces predominantly within the Spitzer Conference Center courtyard and existing building link, as well as a small amount of renovated space within Stocker.
The Culinary aspect of the facility includes: three teaching kitchens, two temporary classrooms that are the future fourth teaching kitchen, a dining lab, a demonstration/lecture space, a multi-use lobby space which can be reconfigured in multiple set-ups to support events in both Stocker and Spitzer. The dining lab, which is adjacent to the lobby, can also be opened up to the lobby by use of a folding wall, to enable multiple uses of that space as well.
"The new Culinary Arts facility will allow LCCC to prepare highly qualified graduates for careers in the hospitality and tourism industry," said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church.
According to the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in accommodation and food services is expected to grow by 7 percent, adding about 838,200 new jobs through 2018. Job growth will be concentrated in food services and drinking places, reflecting an increase in the population and the convenience of many new food establishments. LCCC’s own research indicated prepared culinary graduates are likely to have 2-3 job offers and a starting salary ranging from $21,000 to $24,000.
Food and beverage service managers earn an average salary of $50,000. In addition, 58 percent of leading chefs attended a culinary school.
The Convergent Digital Arts aspect of the facility includes a High Definition state-of-the-art broadcast studio lab (the only one in Lorain County) and related support and editing spaces. These will be used to integrate computer and digital elements in LCCC’s programs in Journalism, Telecommunications, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Audio Arts and Music.