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Ivy Tech names new Hospitality program chair, Chef Jeff Taber

August 13, 2010                     

Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has named Chef Jeff Taber its new Hospitality program chair. Taber comes to Ivy Tech Bloomington from The Art Institute of Ohio, where he taught baking and pastry arts and sanitation and safety. Most recently Taber was the café coordinator for TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion.

Taber has experience as owner of his own bakery from 2007-2009, production manager, and food service director. He earned his AAS in Culinary Arts and a BAS degree in Food Marketing from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.

Taber says that food is in the public view more than ever because of television, and that people are beginning to demand better quality and better tasting food. “Opportunities are endless in the food industry,” Taber said. “Ivy Tech provides the tools to students so that they can benefit from the stability in the industry.”

Beginning fall semester 2010, the Ivy Tech Hospitality program will make available to students two new kitchen spaces, via Ivy Tech’s newly-leased 19,000 sq ft office, classroom and kitchen lab space at Liberty Crossing. One kitchen lab is designated as the hot kitchen (cooking), and the other is the baking kitchen. The spaces include five ranges, two double-stacked convection ovens, two fryers, two salamander boilers, a char-broiler and eight induction tops.

Taber says his focus is on the culinary program and the success of his students. “My focus now is to look forward and work toward accreditation and quality delivery,” Taber said.

Several instructors for the Ivy Tech Bloomington Hospitality program are Bloomington chefs and restaurateurs.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus offers both a Technical Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Administration with concentrations in Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management, and Event Management.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.