By Joe Schilling, Director of Communications at Reynolds Community College
I saw this item on CHPN and would like to address some of the confusion surrounding our new facility in the East End. Reynolds Community College remains committed to opening “The Kitchens at Reynolds” in late spring/early summer 2020. As previously mentioned, we will be moving our culinary program from its current location at the Downtown Campus to the new building at 25th and Nine Mile Road.
The building will house three state-of-the-art teaching kitchens, a showcase demonstration kitchen, and a prep kitchen where students will prepare reasonably priced meals and snacks for purchase at a first-floor cafe. The greenhouse and other features we previously shared also remain a part of the project.
But the building will be more than just a culinary school.
During our dozens of listening sessions with the community over the past two and a half years we learned that we need to be more than just a culinary school. We need to demonstrate that this is the entire college making a commitment to the community — not just the culinary program. As such, the Kitchens at Reynolds will be a gateway to all of our programs and offerings. A free shuttle route will allow residents to travel to the Downtown Campus (and on to our Parham Road Campus if they desire).
Admissions and financial aid specialists will be available at the Kitchens to speak with prospective students. We will hold periodic workshops in meeting rooms and a computer lab aimed at addressing issues like completing the federal financial aid form and what to expect in college. Additionally, we will offer short-term workforce programs that enable students to earn a licensure, certification, or credential that leads to a job with a living wage
I hope this helps clarify our intentions — we remain very excited about opening our doors to the community in 2020.
What do you think folks? Are you excited about the college? What do you think about this initiative?