Ronald McDonald House Charities of MichianaRMHC/Ivy Tech Community College SB/Elk Culinary Arts Program
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana
RMHC/Ivy Tech Community College SB/Elk Culinary Arts Program
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana (RMHC Michiana) provides a home away from home, including hot meals, for the parents and families of children who are receiving critical care treatment at Beacon Children’s Hospital. The Ivy Tech Culinary Arts Program provides formal culinary training for local students seeking to work in the restaurant industry, and offers a two-year Associate of Applied Sciences Degree.
The grant request from RMHC Michiana sought to implement a program beneficial to both organizations, whereby second year culinary students from Ivy Tech would receive a paid stipend to prepare hot meals one day a week for RMHC Michiana guests. This stipend would allow students to apply their classroom experience in a real-world setting, while providing the means for them to complete the second year of the program and an associates degree. Completion of the degree typically leads to a higher-paid chef’s job upon graduation, versus leaving to seek employment after just one year of training.
The Foundation, understanding the educational and economic benefits of the request, awarded a grant sufficient to cover the costs of the introductory year of the program.