Culinard Hosts Regional Culinary Competition April 4

Apr 4, 2014

High school culinary students to compete for scholarships, top honors at SkillsUSA competition

GREENVILLE, S.C. – April 3, 2014 – Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Greenville, is pleased to announce that it will host the SkillsUSA Regional Culinary Competition on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its campus located at 68 Global Drive. High school culinary students from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia will have the opportunity to participate in culinary, baking and pastry and food and beverage competitions during the one-day event, which will allow them to showcase the skills that they have learned in the classroom.

WHAT:       SkillsUSA Regional Culinary Competition
WHEN:       Friday, April 4, 2014 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE:    Virginia College – 68 Global Drive, Greenville, SC 29607

"We are delighted to host this competition at Culinard for the talented South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia students that will test their culinary skills and competencies this weekend," said Virginia College Campus President Mitch Sudy. "Our hope is that the SkillsUSA competition will provide our region's young culinarians with an opportunity for professional development and growth."

Teams of students will compete in three categories including Culinary, Pastry and Front of House for scholarships, prizes and top honor for the school. Culinard will award the winning team in each category a $2,250 scholarship.

SkillsUSA hosts similar competitions nationwide across a wide range of industries. From technical occupations to service occupations, SkillsUSA works with students, teachers and industry to advance the skills and future careers of America's burgeoning workforce.

For media inquiries the day of the event, please contact Audrey Pannell at 205.837.3140. To learn more about Virginia College in Greenville or Culinard, visit or, or call 864-679-4900 with questions.

About SkillsUSA

As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce by helping students discover and grow their career passions.. The nationwide career and technical education student organization annually serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students—and their instructors—in technical, skilled and service occupation instructional programs. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. For more information, visit

About Virginia College and Education Corporation of America

Birmingham, Ala.-based Education Corporation of America (ECA) is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 19,000 students. Holdings include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Computer Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and more with locations in 27 different cities in the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. ECA also offers classes online via and operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, Golf Academy of America schools in California, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Florida, and Ecotech Institute in Colorado, which is the first and only college focused on preparing students for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design. These schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

ECA also owns and operates New England College of Business in Massachusetts, a fully online college which is regionally accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is licensed by Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

For more information, contact Diane Worthington at or (205) 329-7911.