LIMA– Lima Senior High School has been named to the 2016 Elite 50, an annual selection of the top 50 secondary school hospitality programs in the nation.
The Elite 50 list recognizes high schools as well as career and technical centers that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in hospitality education. These schools set the standard for secondary school training in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and/or hospitality management. These elite programs are also marked by strong enrollment and a dedication to community outreach.
The National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University oversees the selection process and representatives specifically paid visits to all the schools considered to have strong hospitality studies programs.
“They really reviewed how the program and the students are making an impact in the community,” said Misty Lee, Hospitality & Food Service Management Instructor at Lima Senior.
Lee says the culinary students enjoy helping organizations in the community, even when it means lending a hand at the last minute.
“Just recently, a couple students from the program cooked and served meals at Our Daily Bread when they were short staffed one day – and they felt really good about it,” said Lee.
Lima Senior’s culinary students also work closely with the culinary arts program at Apollo Career Center.
Earlier this year, both programs were part of a $100,000 grant to support a childhood obesity initiative, Cooking for Change.
“The Cooking for Change program has been great for our students,” said Lee. “They get to teach kids in the community what they have learned about nutritional content and give tips on how to eat healthier. Students are giving live demonstrations on how to cook these items so people can go home and do it themselves.”
In addition to community outreach initiatives, Lima Senior had to provide the following information to make the Elite 50 list:
- an original recipe with photos or a restaurant management design;
- two student essays on the topic “Why I want to pursue a career in hospitality”; and
- informational materials such as videos or brochures about the school’s program.
Further consideration was given to schools that operate a restaurant or catering service as part of their culinary and hospitality training.
The National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University oversees the selection process for the Elite 50 list. The National Center for Hospitality Studies is known as one of the finest postsecondary hospitality training institutions in the nation and offers programs in culinary arts; baking and pastry arts; hotel and restaurant management; event management and tourism; and hospitality management. Every year, graduates from the National Center for Hospitality Studies pursue successful careers in virtually every corner of the globe and every aspect of the hospitality industry. Sullivan University has campuses in both Louisville and Lexington, KY.
For additional information about the 2016 Elite 50 list, please visit sullivan.edu/elite50.