TORONTO — It’s been quite a busy few years for George Brown College. Last year the multi-million fundraising campaign, Yes Chef!, culminated in a redesign of the hospitality centre, and this week its spanking new Baking and Pastry Arts facilities were unveiled.
The addition was made possible through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund (AEF), a $1.6 million investment over three years. The college also supported the initiative with additional funds, bringing the total investment to $2.3 million.
“This substantial financial commitment will ensure extensive new training opportunities for our students and help prepare them to meet the increasing demand of our enrolment in this field, while enabling them to gain a competitive edge and graduate as professionals able to transfer directly into meaningful job,” said John Walker, dean of the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism.
As part of the new facility, housed on the ground floor of the Hospitality School at 300 Adelaide St. E., industry standard, state-of-the-art equipment has been installed at the three newly renovated interactive learning labs.
Each brightly lit lab consists of workspace for 24 students, with rotating and rack ovens, proofers, blast freezers and more.
Walker stressed the importance of students learning first-hand on equipment similar to what they will use in the industry. “This facility meets and exceeds our requirements,” said Keith Mueller, chair, of the Hospitality School, speaking to a crowd assembled in the foyer of the school yesterday. In fact, some of the teachers present at the launch were clearly thrilled that the labs are air conditioned, making it possible to offer courses all year.
The facility currently houses three courses through the day and one in the evening, as part of its Continuing Education program.