Savannah, Ga. (WTGS FOX 28) — Savannah Technical College is taking its newest culinary arts program right to where all the action is.
The Savannah Tech Foundation bought a building on 7 West Bay Street for the purpose of expanding their existing culinary program into that location.
School officials say, with the limited space they have at the White Bluff location, classes in their bakery and pastry arts programs are full and they haven't been able to offer enough classes to keep up with demand.
The expansion will more than double the available teaching space for those programs.
The new building will will have a 3,000 square feet of classrooms, labs and cooking space and will be where second year students take classes and get hands on experience working in the bakery and restaurant. First year students will still take courses in the teaching kitchen and classrooms at the White Bluff campus.
With the expansion, those who live and work along Bay Street in downtown Savannah will also gain a new dining option.
The bakery will be open for breakfast and lunch while the restaurant will serve lunch and dinner. Both will be staffed by students and faculty from the culinary arts and hotel, restaurant and tourism management programs. Students will complete internships at the location as part of their studies.
Tourism officials say the new campus will help tremendously in crating a skilled workforce for the in-demand hospitality industry.
School officials also say they also plan to offer masters classes to the public at the new downtown location.