Southeast Community College Culinary Program among highest ranked

BEATRICE – Southeast Community College has the 5th best culinary and hospitality program out of 25 colleges that have the best programs, according to rankings from…one of the nation’s largest restaurant equipment suppliers.

SCC’s Lincoln Campus-based program, which goes by the name, Great Plains Culinary Institute, was rated highly based on program options, cost of attending and career outcomes.

KaTom Community Outreach Coordinator Angela Byrnes said the goal with the rankings was to identify schools that offer flexibility, job placement and career growth without the upfront costs, to students.

Data used comes from the U.S. Department of Education.  

The top ranked culinary program in the ratings was Collin County Community College of McKinney, Texas.  Ranked number two was Mitchell Technical College in Mitchell, South Dakota.  Third went to North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota….and fourth, to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Another Midwest school, Washburn Institute of Technology, in Topeka, Kansas had the 16th best culinary and hospitality program.

The rankings included each school’s average cost, early career earnings, established career earnings and employment rate.  SCC’s four-semester program has an estimated cost for students, of $12,297.  It has state-of-the-art learning centers at the Great Plains Culinary Institute.

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