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County College of Morris creates unique partnerships leading to the development of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Culinary Science

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County)County College of Morris (CCM) celebrated another exciting groundbreaking event, to benefit both students and the community on Nov. 3.

This major milestone ceremony marked a unique partnership with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, other area chambers and local area businesses leading to the development of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Culinary Science (CECS), spanning an impressive 11,325 square-feet of additions.

Meghan Hunscher, President & CEO, Morris County Chamber of Commerce, spoke about the chamber’s relationship with the college, “It is a testament to how we can come together and collaborate and break down any silos that make exist. It’s about fulfilling our missions and fulfilling them together.”

The CECS will offer new and expanded programs in both business and culinary science. This innovative partnership will result in new opportunities for community members who seek to launch or scale their own business.

“This, in and of itself, is very entrepreneurial, a desire to fulfill a need or solve a problem. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Culinary Science will supply students of all ages and interests to successfully launch their business,” Hunscher said.

The CECS will also be the home to CCM’s new Culinary and Hospitality Arts Institute of New Jersey (CHAI-NJ). The institute will focus on training executive chefs for the region’s many restaurants and provide a pipeline of qualified and well-educated employees.

The expansion to the culinary science teaching and learning environment includes an impressive full-scale baker’s kitchen. An accelerated hospitality arts degree can also be earned through CCM Virtual Campus in as little as 18 months (starting in Spring 2024) with the potential to reach students on a global scale.

“This is our third new building in a matter of weeks,” said George J. Milonas, ’98, Chairman, CCM Board of Trustees. “Today the culinary and entrepreneurial studies building represents another major milestone in our college’s journey to provide a cutting-edge learning environment for our students pursuing their dreams in the culinary industry and the entrepreneurial field.”

“It will serve as a hub for creativity, innovation, skill building, and the cultivation of future leaders, in these important industries in our ever-evolving world. This new building is to help inspire, educate, and fully support the next generation of top culinary masters and business visionaries,” Milonas said.

Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, President of CCM, expressed his enthusiasm about this one-of-a-kind center, stating, “Changing lives and strengthening communities means we listen to leaders around us who understand the changing needs of their industries and we partner with to meet the resources for those changing needs.  At CCM, we are in the business of helping people be successful. CCM embraces its role as one of Morris County’s economic engines.”

Honorable Christine Myers Deputy Director, Morris County Board of Commissioners, added, “What is so brilliant about CCM is that it responds, quickly, and comes to us, ‘I see this shift happening and we’d like to pursue this’.”

Meyers recognized that this kind of thought leadership and innovation with the ability to operate and execute makes this all so fantastic. “We are so lucky to have the very best.”

Funding for The Center for Entrepreneurship and Culinary Science was made possible through support from state and county sources.

Dr. Aaron R. Fichtner President, New Jersey Council of County Colleges, gave his congratulations, also stating, “We look to CCM as a source of inspiration as we plot a very ambitious future for community colleges…. really inspiring us at the state level.”

“It’s not just a new building, it’s new programs,” said Iacono. “It’s not just new programs, it’s changing the lives of our students.”

“I’m so excited to see this project come alive,” Hunscher said. “Let’s go put some shovels in the ground.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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