One-year baking certificate approved for fall 2017 enrollment

TRAVERSE CITY —  A new, one-year baking certificate will be available to NMC students beginning this fall following unanimous board approval Monday.

The new certificate will expand the offerings of NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute, which already offers a comprehensive culinary certificate as well as a culinary degree. Institute director Fred Laughlin said it will serve the needs of a growing number of students interested specifically in baking and pastry.

“It would give them skills to oversee a bakery operation,” Laughlin said.

Employer need was also considered, with more resorts, hotels and restaurants bringing bakery operations in-house, Laughlin said.

To earn the 23-credit certificate, students would take existing three classes in both fall and spring semesters as well as one new class, Café Operations, to be offered in summer 2018. While that course is still in development, Laughlin envisions opening Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant for morning hours, selling pastries, desserts, bread and coffee.

Target enrollment is 16-20 students. Registration for fall classes is going on now at 

Release date: march 21, 2017

For more information:

Fred Laughlin
Executive Director, Great Lakes Culinary Institute
231) 995-1097

Shannon Friedgen
Great Lakes Culinary Institute admissions specialist
(231) 995-1080 


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