Province contributes $7 million to George Brown College for expansion of Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts

    'Major vote of confidence' as College targets more than $20 million
    growth campaign to address industry skills shortage

    TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - A $7 million funding boost from Ontario's
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will provide the impetus for
George Brown College to reach the more than $20 million it needs to renew and
expand its facilities and programs to meet the increasing demands of the
country's Hospitality industry.
    Currently employing more than 1.7 million people nationwide, the industry
currently faces a significant labour shortage, requiring another 300,000
professionals by 2015. The proposed George Brown expansion will add an
additional 1,000 students a year to its existing base, providing the industry
with 3,000 new workers a year over the next five years.
    "This is a major vote of confidence in our vision to establish a culture
of advanced training, play a key role in overcoming the skills gap and ensure
the economic sustainability of an industry that is rapidly growing in both
size and sophistication," said John Walker, Dean of the George Brown College
Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts. "We must transform along with the
industry we serve."
    The government support allows the Centre to embark on a capital campaign
aimed at raising $5 million in private sector support. The combined funding
will enable redesign and reequipping of 20,000 sq. ft. of existing facilities,
an expansive 18,000 sq. ft. addition to the Centre's facility at 300 Adelaide
St. E. in Toronto, and the creation of a real-time learning restaurant in
George Brown's newly acquired storefront property at 215 King St. E.
    The new location will be the future home of Canada's first Integrated
Culinary Management Program, along with Advanced Culinary and Food & Beverage
programs. Programming will be dedicated to celebrating, preserving and
nurturing our national culinary heritage as well as international cuisine.
    George Brown College's Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is home
of The George Brown Chef School, among Canada's most recognized leaders in
culinary arts and hospitality training. The School has a long track record
graduating top talent and emerging stars serving in restaurants, hotels,
convention centres, pastry shops and kitchens around the world, and has
produced many of the country's top chefs including Jamie Kennedy, Mark McEwan,
Vicki Cheng, James Olberg, Bonnie Stern and Christine Cushing.

    About George Brown College

    Established in 1967, George Brown's (GBC) three campuses are located in
downtown Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world. With more than
14,000 full-time students, including 1,400 international students, GBC is one
of Ontario's fastest growing colleges. GBC offers more than 150 programs
ranging from one-year certificates to four-year bachelor's degrees. In
addition, over 50,000 continuing education students are enrolled in more than
1,300 courses.

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For further information: Paul Zanettos, Media Relations Consultant,
George Brown College, (416) 415-5000 x3428,

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