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Nunez Community College's Culinary Program is NOWFE's exclusive beneficiary. The College received a $35,000 check last year, reflecting the proceeds from the 2016 event, and will receive the  proceeds from NOWFE's 2017 25th Anniversary event in the upcoming month.

Elaine P. Nunez Community College is a unique institution of higher learning that has an equally unique history. The College bears the name of the late wife of the Honorable Samuel B. Nunez, Jr., President of the Louisiana Senate from 1982-1988 and 1990 -1996.

Nunez Community College was the first public institution of higher learning in Louisiana to be named after a woman. Elaine P. Nunez was a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish, and was extremely supportive of public education. When Mrs. Nunez died, St. Bernard lost a civic-minded and dedicated individual who helped set the stage for growth and improvement in local education.

In recognition of Mrs. Nunez's support of public education, the 1992 Louisiana State Legislature passed Act 341, which established Elaine P. Nunez Community College. The Act merged Elaine P. Nunez Technical Institute and St. Bernard Parish Community college to form a comprehensive community college, offering both vocational and
technical programs and arts and sciences programs.

On August 29, 2005, Nunez Community College and its entire service area was struck by Hurricane Katrina. The Hurricane and subsequent flooding became the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history. St. Bernard Parish, was almost completely decimated as it took a direct hit andsuffered flood waters that in many areas did not recede for
weeks. The first floor of every building on the Chalmette campus was flooded more than seven feet.

Despite dire predictions, the College presented a fall mini-semester within weeks of the disaster. Nunez enrolled students in on-line classes, in classes at Slidell High School, and other locations. By the end of December, the Facilities Department, along with volunteer crews, had gutted the first floors of the buildings and restored
electricity, water, and sewer hook ups in the Arts, Sciences, & Technology Building. The College became an oasis in the ravaged parish and a catalyst for business and industry revitalization. Nunez opened the campus for business in January of 2006 and resumed classes immediately.

The certificate program in Culinary Arts prepares students for employment in a variety of food service occupations.
Program Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate a mastery of food service sanitation concepts and practices.
2. Exhibits positive work ethic, including efficiently using time.
3. Uses professional cooking and baking procedures, equipment, and
terminology to adequately meet industry standards.
4. Uses food management essentials of effective purchasing and cost control.

The Technical Diploma in Culinary Entrepreneurship enables students to master skills within the areas of Culinary Arts and Entrepreneurship.  Students are provided with a variety of Culinary Arts coursework in order to promote mastery in the field and the attainment of industry-based certifications.  Students learn the skills necessary
to successfully start and  manage a small` business within the food-service industry.

Occupations in culinary arts are varied. Cooks, Chefs, and Restaurant Managers can look forward to jobs in bakeries, restaurants, hotels, schools, and cafés. The Culinary Entrepreneurship program brings together principals of small business management with culinary skills for students who want to own their own food-industry business.

Nunez Community College partners with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to offer the ManageFirst™ Development Program. Many courses in the Nunez program offer content that allows students the opportunity to acquire NRA certificates.

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