Nov 06, 2020

Statement about HACC’s Culinary Arts Program and the closure of BRICCO and Ciao! Bakery

HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is aware of the permanent closures of BRICCO and Ciao! Bakery, two restaurants where our Culinary Arts Program and Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate Program students attend off-site classes.

HACC students currently enrolled in off-site practicum lab classes will receive remote and online instruction for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester after the restaurants close on Nov. 21, 2020. In addition, the College is reviewing options for spring 2021 courses affected by the closures.

“HACC will continue to offer robust programming for our students in the Culinary Arts Program. We will announce alternative arrangements once those details are finalized,” said John J. Sygielski, Ed.D., MBA, HACC president and CEO.

“HACC appreciates the many years that Harrisburg Hotel Corporation has partnered with the College to provide off-site learning to our culinary arts students,” Sygielski said.

HACC’s Culinary Arts Program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Accreditation Commission. The Culinary Arts Associate Degree Program and Culinary Arts Certificate Program received the prestigious accreditation from the ACFEF, the largest professional chef organization in North America, indicating the programs symbolize the highest educational standards.

In 2017, HACC’s Culinary Arts Program reached a 50-year milestone, and continues to provide exemplary programming.

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