Niagara Gazette

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September 17, 2012

NORMA HIGGS: Niagara Beautification Awards held at new Culinary Institute

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Beautification Commission held it annual awards luncheon last Thursday at the new Culinary Institute – Niagara Falls on Old Falls Street. Our theme and criteria for the award recipients was “Higher Education Institutions and Their Role in the Community.” 

We are fortunate to have some very active volunteerism and specific programs directed at helping our city through the efforts of these institutions.

Of course the real interest was in the culinary institute itself and what a beautiful place it is. One can still recall the former indoor mall but with the absence of the former connected Wintergarden it looked different when you noted the view outside the main entrance. The windows are large and there are many and they offer a look at what is going on. It is so great to see students wandering around outdoors enjoying the great weather or indoors reading their assignments and working on laptops. 

There are a lot of amenities for locals and tourists alike to take part in and I am told they will be up and running very soon. On the second floor I noted a children’s area which is a place to have your child spend a few hours and learn how to make a dessert and interact with others in the food preparation. There will also be cooking lessons for adults in a room nearby.

Many will recall the Niagara County Community College began in Niagara Falls at the former Shredded Wheat location and now they have returned in a slightly different and certainly more elegant surrounding. Students will be welcome in our city and they feel the vibe already. There enrollment is now 350 and the school can handle up to 1,000 full time students in the hospitality field.

Going back to the awards and our luncheon, it was a perfect fit to honor community involvement at NCCC. Naturally the headliner is the new facility and NBC expressed its gratitude that it was located in Niagara Falls. However, that was a no brainer when Mr. Cordish decided to turn over the keys to the college if they were interested.

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