Nicolet College adds bachelor’s degree option in culinary arts
Transfer agreement signed recently with Northern Michigan University
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Nicolet College culinary arts graduates now have another path to a bachelor’s degree thanks to a new credit transfer agreement recently inked with Northern Michigan University in Marquette.
Under the arrangement, Nicolet students who complete the 66-credit Culinary Arts Associate degree can transfer those credits to Northern Michigan and enter the university with junior status.
“Along with providing students with a high quality college education, we also feel it’s important to create opportunity for them to further their education after Nicolet,” said Jeff Labs, dean of the college’s culinary arts program. “This agreement accomplishes exactly that and adds to the long list of credit transfer agreements Nicolet has in place with four-year campuses.”
Northern Michigan’s Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and tourism management prepares graduates for careers managing and owning restaurants, hotels and catering services, serving as executive chefs, and management of food service positions at schools, hospitals and other institutions, including government agencies.
“We are excited to partner with Nicolet College to provide its students this opportunity to further their education at NMU,” said Robert Eslinger, interim dean of NMU’s College of Technology and Occupational Sciences. “The NMU bachelor’s degree track in culinary and food service covers advanced management topics and responsibilities. Students also gain practical experience in all aspects of quantity food production by running the on-campus Culinary Café and a high-end restaurant, Chez Nous.”
In all, Nicolet now has 115 credit transfer agreements that lead to bachelor degrees at 38 different four-year colleges and universities, including every campus in the University of Wisconsin System.
“One of the greatest benefits to starting a bachelor’s degree at Nicolet is the cost savings,” Labs explained. “Not only are credits less expensive – commonly only half as much or even less – but local students can also live at home which also saves on room and board. Combined, the savings can amount to many thousands of dollars.”
Nicolet also has credit transfer agreements for nearly every one of its academic programs, including accounting, architecture, business management, criminal justice, industrial and electromechanical technology, information technology, nursing and others.
Some of these agreements allow students to complete bachelor degrees online without having to leave the Northwoods.
The college also features the University Transfer Liberal Arts program, its largest academic program. University transfer students can take advantage of numerous credit transfer agreements, including one with UW-Madison, which guarantees admission to Nicolet students who meet certain academic requirements.