The Chef’s Academy, Division of Harrison College, Receives Highest Honor for Community Involvement

Local Culinary Institute Named to 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Raleigh, NC, March 15, 2013 --( The Chef’s Academy (, the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers more than 40 degree programs in five schools of study, has announced that it has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) ( This prestigious and highly esteemed award recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service, and achieve meaningful and significant outcomes in their respective communities.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest level of federal recognition, has been awarded to the culinary division of Harrison College for its commitment to service and civic engagement on its campuses and nationwide. Chosen from more than 5,000 colleges and universities across the nation, The Chef’s Academy is one of 600 schools recognized for its community service. In particular, the CNCS looks for colleges and universities where the majority of the staff and students are engaged in community service, with the efforts focused on addressing a particular issue that aligns with the needs of the surrounding community. Over the years, The Chef’s Academy has placed a large emphasis on educating local youth on the importance of leading a healthy life and integrating all aspects of wellness, including diet and exercise to help children start making smart lifestyle choices at an early age.

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006, and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. The 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was announced at the American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting Leading Change in Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 4, 2013. For more information on eligibility and to view a full listing of Honor Roll award winners, visit

“It is an absolute honor to be included among some of the nation’s leading institutions for higher education in the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,” said Jeffrey Bane, Morrisville campus president and dean of culinary education for The Chef’s Academy. “This recognition is something that we truly value as it recognizes institutions that reflect a commitment to service and excellence in the community. At The Chef’s Academy we are consistently focused on community service and actively work to develop relationships with the communities surrounding both of our campuses and beyond.”

“Congratulations to The Chef’s Academy, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

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The Chef’s Academy is the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers more than 40 degree programs in five schools of study. More than 5,000 students altogether are enrolled at Harrison College’s 12 campuses, its online division and The Chef’s Academy. Headquartered in Indianapolis, The Chef’s Academy opened a second academy on a 4.37-acre campus in North Carolina’s Triangle in August 2011. At The Chef’s Academy, students become prepared and marketable graduates entering the fields of culinary arts, pastry arts, and hospitality and restaurant management through classroom and experiential instruction that sets up expectations for the real-life industry. The college’s culinary division provides an environment that fosters students’ passion for culinary arts and hospitality and a curriculum developed by the most qualified instructors and leaders in the market. The Chef’s Academy is endorsed and accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). For more information about The Chef’s Academy, visit

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