For prospective culinary students in Georgia, the list of available schools open for enrollment has declined in recent months. Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta is no longer accepting new student applications and halted accepting applications from re-entering former students effective this past April. This is just one of the handful of Georgia-based culinary schools that is closing its doors. For prospective and existing students these closings have led to concerns over the future of training for their career path.
The good news is Helms College welcomes both existing students and prospective enrollees determined to continue or begin their culinary education. Since opening our doors in 2006 through the establishment of The Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality in Macon and adding a second campus in Augusta, the heart of the CSRA, in 2012, our goal has been to provide a high-quality culinary education for the best value. We have grown to become a highly sought-after, “destination” school offering a one-of-a-kind, experiential approach to learning culinary skills.
At Helms College, students are exposed to a wide variety of skills and experiences that benefit them as they begin or advance their career. Unlike other culinary programs, we allow students to use their skills in actual restaurant, catering and cafeteria settings, such as Edgar’s Bistro in Macon and Edgar’s Grille in Augusta. Both businesses are operated by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA and provide learning opportunities as students work with executive chefs, experienced sous chefs, and an experienced restaurant manager throughout their program.
In addition to helping those displaced by the recent closings, Helms also has a partnership with the prestigious Johnson & Wales University (JWU) offering our graduates the opportunity to continue their hospitality education at one of the more respected culinary schools in the country. After graduating from Helms with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Culinary Arts, students may continue their education toward a Bachelor’s Degree at one of the four Johnson & Wales campuses thanks to this exciting partnership.
If you feel lost in continuing your culinary career path, or are dealing with a bump in the road towards fulfilling your goal, our program can get you back on track. We are now enrolling for winter quarter at both Helms College campuses. We pride ourselves in providing a comprehensive, seamless educational foundation that gives students the knowledge and skills needed to enter a career in culinary arts. Our staff works diligently to help our students stick to their educational commitment and graduate.
Our next open house is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 5th. We cordially invite prospective students from all over Georgia and the CSRA to visit. For more information about exploring your own culinary career possibilities at Helms College, contact our admissions office today or visit our website to learn more.