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Dear NECI Community,
The Board of Directors and I have concluded that it is in the best interests of our students, alumni, prospective students, faculty and staff, to discontinue all credit bearing programs. Therefore, effective immediately we will commence a teach-out of all credit bearing programs.
Our top priority is to ensure that all our current students have a clear path to complete the programs they are currently enrolled in. We want to assure that our teach-out process will allow all students a reasonable opportunity to complete their programs of study if they stay on schedule and progress normally to graduate with desired degrees.
Although no specific closing date has been set, all our current students should be able to graduate at the end of Spring 2021 semester.
Unfortunately, the pandemic proved to be the burden that we could not overcome. As directed by the State of Vermont we closed all our retail operations in March 2020, which severely limited our ability to continue to deliver a college level, hands on culinary education, on an economically viable basis.
Our decision to teach out credit bearing programs comes only after a tireless pursuit of multiple options to continue our mission of providing college education.
I personally want to thank to our faculty and staff who have dedicated themselves over last 40 years with great care and compassion while making sacrifices to enable students in their dreams of a culinary college education. Their hard work has resulted in thousands of remarkable graduates who make our world a better and tastier place.
Once we complete the teach out The North Coast College in Cleveland Ohio will be the Institution of Record for New England Culinary Institute. Until then for all academic and students related issues please contact our VP Earle Test at [email protected] for all other issues please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected].
Dr. Milan Milasinovic
The New England Culinary Institute (NECI) was founded on June 15, 1980 by Fran Voigt and John Dranow.
While we started in the humble kitchens of the Vermont Department of Employment and Training, we quickly grew to expand to a second “sister” campus in 1989. In an exciting partnership, we joined the brand new, full-service luxury resort at the Inn at Essex.
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In 1992, warm weather caused ice jams on the Winooski River that flooded most of downtown Montpelier. NECI's original restaurants, Tubbs and the Elm Street Café, were damaged and then replaced by the Main Street Grill and the Chef's Table.
Photo by Jackie Hulbert, courtesy of City of Montpelier.
The Bachelor's Degree in Food and Beverage Management opened to students in 1994 to answer a demand for multifaceted food service professionals with skills in management, entrepreneurship, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving.
In 1995, the Certificate Program in Basic Cooking debuted to meet the need for basic skills development and to provide trained cooks for the rapidly developing contract food service component of the industry.
In 2002 the Associate's Degree in Food and Beverage Management was developed. This program was created to help train students for the demands of front-of-the-house careers.
The Baking and Pastry program in 2004 expanded to include an Associate of Occupational Studies in Baking and Pastry Arts along with a Certificate in Baking and a Certificate in Pastry to meet employer needs in this highly specialized and sought-after area.
In 2006 two new bachelor’s degrees were added: an online BA Program in Hospitality and Restaurant Management (the name was later changed to Food and Beverage Business Management) and a residential BA in Culinary Arts. The addition of the online program allowed those with prior associate degrees or full-time careers to continue their education without having to relocate to Vermont.
The campus was re-consolidated in Montpelier in 2009, bringing all students, staff, and faculty back to our roots in one location.
2012 was a big year for NECI: it launched an online BA in Culinary Arts and hired native French Chef, Jean-Louis Gerin, to serve as Campus Executive Chef. He is also a Mâitre Cuisinier de France, James Beard Chef Northeast 2006, and Chopped Champion 2012.
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A Certificate in Baking and Pastry was launched in 2013 and a year later a Bachelor of Arts in Baking and Pastry Arts was created to acknowledge the growing complexity and diversity in employment opportunities for those specializing in baking or pastry. Students have the opportunity to attain their bachelor’s degree in any of the three programs whether online or on ground.
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