Manitoba Canola Growers Association enhances post-secondary opportunities

The Manitoba Canola Growers Association recently approved a major contribution to Assiniboine Community College’s Culinary Theatre in the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts at the college’s 1st Street North Campus. 

The $300,000 contribution enhances and expands upon an existing partnership with Assiniboine Community College (ACC) and to date is the largest contribution ever given by the Manitoba Canola Growers Association. The association is proud to support the extraordinary efforts of the chef instructors and culinary arts students at ACC’s Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts. 

“Canola oil plays an important role in the kitchen and in an active lifestyle and that is why the Manitoba Canola Growers Association has made this generous donation involving the state-of-the-art culinary theatre,” said Rob Pettinger, President of Manitoba Canola Growers Association. 

The culinary theatre is an exceptional hospitality venue for the Westman region. This innovative facility is unique in that it brings two distinct programs together to create culinary broadcasts that will benefit the college and the community. The two-year Culinary Arts program and the two-year Media Production program will utilize this multifunctional theatre as a teaching studio to present cooking demonstrations and as a practice lab for producing culinary broadcast segments. Generations of college students, faculty, staff and the larger community will benefit from the programming offered within the facility. 

“An outstanding college depends on the commitment of those who believe that extraordinary effort is needed to sustain quality in higher education. Such is the commitment of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association,” said Dennis Hunt, President of the Assiniboine Community College Foundation. 

The Manitoba Canola Growers Association represents 9,000 canola farmers around Manitoba who are dedicated to growing heart healthy canola oil for home and professional kitchens all around the world.  

A dedication ceremony to celebrate this exciting new partnership will take place tonight at ACC’s Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts at 6:00 p.m. 

Assiniboine Community College has been in operation for almost 50 years.  In 2008-09 the college had over 2,600 students attending college on a full-time basis. The college offers 37 certificate and diploma programs, as well as apprenticeship programs. The main campus is located in Brandon and the Parkland Campus is in Dauphin. Winnipeg has been home to a permanent Practical Nursing site since 1998. Training sites in numerous rural communities extend program offerings throughout the province. 

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