AACC students and faculty recognized with awards


AACC Wins State Education Awards of Excellence

The Maryland State Department of Education has recognized Anne Arundel Community College’s partnership with Maryland Live! Casino and staff member Deborah Meyer-Mercado for her distinguished service through her work in preparing students for careers and further education.

Maryland Live! Casino was awarded the 2013 Career and Technology Education (CTE) Outstanding Postsecondary Business Partnerships Award of Excellence for its partnership with AACC to meet the growing industry needs for trained and motivated workers in the new casino industry in Maryland. As one example of the partnership, AACC’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism (HCAT) Institute adapted course curriculum in the “Purchasing and Cost Controls” class to allow students to work side-by-side with representatives of the casino culinary management team. Instead of using standard textbook examples, the students were able to develop, test and cost recipes from a variety of international cuisines, giving the students the opportunity to expand professional networks and learn and practice critical leadership skills they will need in their profession. Maryland Live! also established a $21,000 scholarship for HCAT to continue to make a difference for HCAT students.

Meyer-Mercado, director of sponsored programs at AACC, was awarded the 2013 Career and Technology Education (CTE) Outstanding Postsecondary Distinguished Service Award of Excellence. Meyer-Mercado, who was nominated by the MSDE, was part of a workgroup that developed a Transition Year State Plan and the Maryland CTE Five-Year Plan. She has worked since 2005 to improve Career and Technology Education programs, not only at AACC, but also at the state level, and facilitated a system-wide improvement of student information systems and reporting of CTE data at AACC, which was used as a model at other Maryland colleges.

HCAT Institute Wins Chesapeake Culinary Cup

The Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism (HCAT) Institute at Anne Arundel Community College won first place and several students earned individual medals in the 5th Annual Chesapeake Culinary Cup competition held recently at the HCAT Institute kitchens in Glen Burnie.

The Chesapeake Culinary Cup is an American Culinary Federation (ACF)-sanctioned competition salon open to regional college culinary arts programs. Each school entered a four-person team with three savory and one pastry contestant. The scores of all four students from each school were tabulated to determine an overall team score. ACF competition individual medals as well as team trophies were awarded. In addition, the student from each school with the highest score was recognized during the awards ceremony.

Chesapeake Culinary Cup Team Results:
1st Place: HCAT Institute
2nd Place: Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts (at York Technical Institute)
3rd Place: Stratford University – Baltimore Campus

Chesapeake Culinary Cup – HCAT’s Team Anne Arundel individual results:
Gold Medal: Karen Eaton of Annapolis
Silver Medal: Matt Reed of Timonium
Silver Medal: Ricky Rice of Pasadena
Bronze Medal: Aryn Haeger of Parkville

Additional competition categories were offered to baking and pastry students who competed for ACF medals. Winning a bronze medal was Heather Tompkins of Severn for a Pastillage Showpiece.

AACC’s HCAT Institute includes credit degree and certificate programs, continuing education certificate and certification programs and courses for personal enrichment. Meet HCAT advisers and college representatives, find out about specific programs and see student demonstrations by attending a free information session from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the Humanities Building Room 214, AACC Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. For information, call 410-777-2398.

About Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 53,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 100 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. Having just celebrated its 50th anniversary, AACC offers national and regional award-winning studies leading to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning.

Source: Anne Arundel Community College

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