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United grants $750,000 to SPC Culinary Arts program

Pictured are, from left: Robin Satterwhite, president of SPC; Natalie Osuna, head of the culinary arts program; Patrick Ramsey, head chef at the culinary arts program; Robert Taylor, CEO of United Supermarkets; and Kevin McConic, executive director of the Lubbock Center. (Staff Photo)

South Plains College announced a gift from United to the Culinary Arts program at the new Lubbock Center, Wednesday.

The United Family granted SPC $750,000 to support the program. The grant from United Supermarkets establishes a $250,000 scholarship endowment to provide financial assistance to students in the program. The remaining $500,000 is dedicated to the facility renovations that will result in a state-of-the-art culinary instructional space.

SPC is set to open the culinary arts program to students on August 1. The space where the program is housed is 10,435 square feet.

In addition to teaching culinary and baking skills, students will be trained on the business side of the food industry where they will be introduced to subjects including purchasing, hospitality, and food service operation.

‘We are very appreciative of the ongoing partnership we have with United Supermarkets,’ said Robin Satterwhite, president of SPC. ‘This support helps SPC better serve the educational and workforce needs of Lubbock.’

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