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    October 31, 2019

    Students will earn ServSafe Manager Certification, 10 college credits and an SV apprenticeship

    ROME, WI – Sand Valley, a leading destination resort located in central Wisconsin, is pleased to announce the Sand Valley Culinary Institute, a new development training program for the hospitality industry.  Sand Valley will give students the chance to enroll in the program on full scholarship. Tuition for 12 applicants will be paid for by Sand Valley in 2020 with the addition of another 12 applicants in 2021.

    Through a partnership with Mid-State Technical College, Sand Valley will lead the creation of a new 2020 student curriculum that provides culinary training and education for a hospitality career. The program, developed with input and guidance from Sand Valley’s Culinary Director, incorporates a robust student experience that includes education in menu planning, food production, sanitation for food service operations and culinary applications. The curriculum concludes with a seven-month summer apprenticeship at Sand Valley to provide students with practice work experience in the hospitality industry at one of the top destination resorts in the Midwest. Students enrolled in the program will also receive a ServSafe Manager Certification and earn 10 credits at Mid-State Technical College. Classes for the program will begin on January 7, 2020.

    “The curriculum for the Sand Valley Culinary Institute will focus on giving students the practical skills they need to prepare for a career in the hospitality industry, not just a job,” said Sand Valley Culinary Director, Jon Keeley. “Through this new program, students will be introduced to a wide range of topics within the industry, hone their skills and be better positioned to serve guests and create world-class culinary experiences.”

    Keeley came to Sand Valley in 2017 with extensive knowledge and experience in the hospitality and restaurant industries. He brings exceptional culinary leadership and creativity to all the resort’s on-site dining options, including Aldo’s Farm & Table and Mammoth Bar & Lounge.

    “Throughout my time at Sand Valley, I have grown to love the core culture and exceptional staff that work here,” said Keeley. “I am excited to help drive the resort’s culinary program to new heights and bring attention to the exceptional guest experience that Sand Valley provides. This is an experience that I wish I had when studying to become a chef and I can’t wait for classes to begin.” Applications for the Sand Valley Culinary Institute are available at Sandvalley.com/culinary-institute-application. For more information, please contact (888) 651-5539, email learnmore@sandvalley.com, or visit www.sandvalley.com/culinary-institute.

    About Sand Valley

    Sand Valley is a continuation of the Keiser Family’s mission to bring “golf as it was meant to be” to the United States. Located in central Wisconsin, the resort is situated on more than 9,000 acres of massive, tumbling native sand dunes and unique heathland vegetation. Resort amenities include three top-ranked golf courses and a fourth course in construction; comfortable lodge and cottage accommodations; the country’s largest grass surface tennis courts; hiking and biking trails; a one-acre working garden to support its farm-to-table approach to food; and multiple dining options.