Hospitality Management Chair and Jeff Tech Discuss Ideas to Springboard Students into the Hospitality Industry

Posted on 11/13/2019 12:03:38 PM

Stephen B. Shiring, chair of the Department of Hospitality Management, served as a member of the Fall Occupational Advisory Committee for the Culinary Arts Program at Jefferson County-Dubois Area Vocational-Technical School.

Welcoming Shiring and other members of the Culinary Arts Advisory Committee on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 was Jeff-Tech culinary instructor Chef John Druschel. Chef Druschel is both an IUP Academy of Culinary Arts (1998) and Department of Hospitality Management (2001) alumnus.

The Jefferson-Culinary Arts Advisory Committee was treated to a dinner prepared by Chef Druschel’s students. Enrollment in Druschel's class this year is thirty-one students, an increase from twenty-three students the previous academic year. 

Immediately following dinner, Druschel conducted a tour of the kitchen and dining room, a review of the curriculum, and an overview of the upgraded kitchen and layout design. 

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Seated: Malachi Pequeen and Alicia Maze. Standing Left to right: Micheal Pequeen, Ashley Pequeen, Chef Reed, Chef Barnes, Chef John Druschel, Hospitality Management Chair Shiring, Jason Treats, Nikki Stello, Jevaeh Lindemuth, Nora Kenney, Ayla Becker, and Charlene Thompson.

Shiring discussed how IUP and Jeff-Tech can better work together to communicate the opportunities of pursuing a career in the Hospitality Industry to high school freshmen. Shiring offered to create a recruitment progression map which Druschel can distribute to high school freshmen. The map will display how enrollment in the Jeff-Tech culinary arts program can lead to employable skills while positioning students for an educational career track. The educational career track can then springboard students into a successful hospitality management career.

Following completion of the Jeff-Tech Culinary Arts program, students can earn their culinary arts certificate from the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts and then complete their Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

Joining Shiring on the advisory committee were Chef Erin Reed, CEC and Chef Thomas Barnes, CEC, FMP from the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts.

The meeting concluded with a networking session with the culinary arts students and the members of their advisory committee.

The IUP Department of Hospitality Management is the premier hotel, restaurant, tourism, and special event undergraduate program in the region and the largest program in the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education. The Department of Hospitality Management is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.