Economic & Workforce Development Center: Impact Report 2017-19


MCC hospitality management program’s student-run restaurant, Food for Thought, is an instructional laboratory for FSA 203 Culinary Arts II: Advanced Food Preparation, and HSP 102 Hospitality Service students. This is a place to learn the culinary arts—from menu to table, from server to management. The student staffers work and run the restaurant under the supervision of course instructors. They serve customers from MCC (faculty, staff and students) as well as outside customers. Some Food for Thought restaurant fast facts are as follows: • Food for Thought hosts an average of 40 guests per day during regular restaurant operational hours; • hospitality students are trained to use current restaurant technology applications; • high school group tours through the restaurant and dining area are welcome; and • hospitality students work with departments across campus to cater special events (on a limited basis). Impact: This real-life experience and pressure gives students the opportunity to hone their skills, and apply what they’ve learned in their cooking and hospitality classes.

Homeland Security Management Institute (HSMI) EXPERT HOMELAND SECURITY TRAINING.

For over 15 years HSMI has provided training to public and private employees in the region – acquiring the skills to prevent or respond to an active shooter situation or a catastrophic emergency including a terrorist attack. HSMI offers two academic programs in Homeland Security, a certificate and an applied science degree. Our programs provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to provide vital prevention and protection services to our country and community. Accomplishments from the past two years include: • Students in the Homeland Security AS degree program now have several SUNY and private college transfer options and a 2+2 program to choose from within New York State. • Conducted numerous training seminars and conferences to include Active Shooter, Social Media, Financial Terrorism Investigations, Cyber Awareness, and The Threat of Terrorism. Attendees came from companies, organizations and educational institutions in the Greater Rochester, Monroe County and Western New York regions.

Impact: Since 2017, there have been 88 students enrolled in MCC’s Homeland Security programs.

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