Culinary/Baking & Pastry students selected for Academy of Toulouse Educational Exchange in Fall 2018

Baking & Pastry students (5) selected for France Academic Exchange

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Savannah has selected five Culinary/Baking & Pastry Arts students to study at the Academy of Toulouse in France this fall.

Christina (Tina) Saxe, Alexandrina Arnaulova, Taylor Clore, Katelyn (Katie) Brown, and Laura Martinez were named finalists for the educational exchange based on grade point average and exceptional classroom performance in addition to a culinary competition and personal interviews. These students are now taking online French classes with guidance and additional assignments from STC Culinary Arts Department Head Chef Jean Vendeville.

The educational partnership started in 2016, includes student and faculty exchanges to enhance Baking and Pastry Arts training including hosting students and faculty, immersion training, mentor companies, educational research tutors and evaluation.

Proceeds from a weekly bake sale from 11:30AM-1PM on Thursdays in the first floor vending area of Goodman Hall at the Savannah Campus (5717 White Bluff Road, 31405 – park at the back of campus near the Eckburg Auditorium) benefit this academic exchange.

In late October, three students from France will work baking and pastry internships for four weeks in Savannah, Ga. One student will work as a lab assistant with the Savannah Culinary Institute under the direction of Chef Jean Vendeville, and two of students will work at Perry Lane Hotel at the Emporium Kitchen + Wine Bar under the direction of Pastry Chef Tina Haldeman. All three students will volunteer with other Savannah Culinary Institute students for the Savannah Food & Wine Festival.

In June, the STC Foundation purchased 7 West Bay Street as the new location for an expansion of the College’s Culinary Arts program. The expansion will more than double the available instructional space for Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts. Senior level (second year) students will take classes and work in the bakery and restaurant. The hands-on, real-world experience in the restaurant will allow students the opportunity to apply techniques learned in the classroom to practical use, complete a required field placement, and gain first-hand experience in running a restaurant and serving the general public.

About the Savannah Technical College’s Savannah Culinary Institute
The Savannah Culinary Institute, an American Culinary Federation-accredited culinary arts program, has been described as the “best in the U.S.A” by its ACF accreditation review board. According to his committee chair, the Culinary Institute of Savannah, offering ACF-accredited diploma and degree programs in culinary arts, has gone “well over and above the standards and expectations for a technical college teaching facility.” The committee recommended that the program receive the maximum accreditation time of seven years, when the average is three years. Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts associate degree graduates have a 100% placement rate in their field since 2015. The program has earned regional and national recognition with ACF-sponsored competitions. For more information visit:

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry. For graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, etc., visit

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit. Contact SACSCOC for questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College. All questions about admission, enrollment, job placement, and related matters should be directed to an appropriate office at Savannah Technical College. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500.


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