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The National Center for Hospitality Studies is a part of Sullivan University, the largest private college or university in Kentucky. In 2008, the school celebrated its 25th anniversary. Located in Louisville, the National Center for Hospitality Studies features career-focused programs with small class sizes. Associate and diploma programs offer classes Monday through Thursday, with Friday reserved for independent studies.
In response to student demand, the University also began offering some of its culinary programs at the school's Lexington campus.
Degree Programs and Courses of Study
Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
The culinary arts program provides a balance of training in culinary skills, food preparation, and kitchen management techniques. Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands on labs, students learn basic kitchen skills, garde manger (cold food) preparation, and baking and pastry arts. Additional courses include purchasing, sanitation, and food and beverage control.
During the final quarter, students practice what they have learned in a practicum at the school's on campus restaurant, or another facility.
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Associate of Science in Professional Catering
The program prepares the graduate for a position as a caterer or event planner, or even to open up his or her own catering business. Students learn culinary theory, and receive hands-on experience in the University's culinary labs. Courses include catering production, meeting planning, and catering business management.
In addition to lab courses, students participate in an externship program at the school's professional catering company, or with another professional caterer.
The program is only offered at the Louisville campus.
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Professional Cook's Diploma
Students take many of the same culinary courses as those studying for the Associate degree, but without the general education courses needed to obtain a degree. The students take courses in basic nutrition, quantity foods production, baking, and hospitality management.
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Professional Baker's Diploma or Associate degree in Baking & Pastry
These programs teache the student the skills needed to become part of the team in an in store or retail bakery, or in a pastry kitchen of a restaurant or hotel. The students learn to prepare breakfast pastries, cookies, cakes, and pies, along with breads and other baked goods. In addition to bakery training, students learn basic culinary theory, sanitation, and nutrition.
The associate degree program adds additional training in classical pastry preparation and pastry merchandising, hospitality management, and general education courses. These programs are only offered at the Louisville campus.
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Associate of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management
The Hotel & Restaurant Management program provides training in both customer-facing and back of the house operations in the food service and lodging industries. Courses include Hospitality Management and Supervision, Food and Beverage Control, Catering, and Tourism. Additional training is given in culinary skills, hospitality accounting, maintenance engineering, and meeting and event planning.
The program concludes with an internship, where students gain real world experience at a hotel, conference center, or restaurant. Available at the Louisville campus.
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Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Hospitality Management
Designed for culinary or hospitality professionals with an Associate degree who want to advance their careers, the BSBA in Hospitality Management includes advanced courses in human resource development, quality service management, and hospitality marketing. General business courses in economics, accounting, and management round out the 18 month program. Offered at the Louisville and Lexington campuses.
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Location and Campus
Sullivan University's National Center for Hospitality Studies is located in downtown Louisville, home to the Kentucky Derby. The campus features a newly built library and resource center features many network connections with Internet access. The schools cooking labs feature industry-standard equipment.
The campus also has a 3 1/2 star restaurant, Winston's, that is run by culinary students, a catering facility that serves the community, and a retail bakery.
The Lexington campus offers culinary programs in its newly designed cooking labs.
Admissions and Financial Aid
The admissions process can involve a tour of the campus facilities, and a complete explanation of the school's offerings. The University has financial planning coordinators on staff who may assist in obtaining grants, scholarships, and loans. .
Sullivan University National Center for Hospitality Studies
3101 Bardstown Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205
Sullivan University Lexington Campus
2355 Harrodsburg Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40504