Baldwin High School students looking to begin a high-end career in the culinary arts have just gotten a huge advantage through a partnership between the Baldwin County School District and Helms College. Through this partnership, students are eligible to receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 dollars to join their CORC program (Culinary Operations in Resorts and Clubs), but Baldwin CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) Director Natalie Stowe says that the partnership goes well beyond the scholarship. "If they choose this pathway here, they shouldn't have to repeat the same coursework when they get to college," Stowe said. "Helms College has an amazing career placement program, plus they have two campuses, one in Macon and one in Augusta, and a tremendous resource through their partnership with Goodwill."
Helms College is a private, independent postsecondary career school sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia Inc., and accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training to offer culinary, health services and industrial trades programs. So students with an interest in the culinary arts can choose that academic pathway to earn free course credits as well as applying for the scholarship. Helms college prides itself in being reasonably priced so that students are able to graduate debt-free and become part of the workforce in the area of their passion more quickly. "Their tuition cost covers all of their books, all of their uniforms, all of their supplies and equipment for the culinary program," Stowe said, "so instead of being an additional cost for students, it's all into that one lump sum for them, which is an amazing fact considering how much that could add up on the outside."
Stowe added that the partnership with Helms College is part of an expanding array of higher-education standing partnerships that Baldwin High School maintains with colleges throughout Georgia, and beyond.