Success story: New leader ready to grow enrollment
As a pastry chef, petit fours and artisan breads are Les Eckert’s favorite things to bake, but as the new director of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, she expects to focus on numbers and people.
Eckert, 51, (above) began her tenure at GLCI last week with a clear list of priorities: Increase enrollment, continue to improve student retention, get to know her team and insure GLCI is matching industry needs.
“We have to make the program so added-value that it’s attracting students from across the state, across the country,” said Eckert.
In taking the GLCI helm, she’s done so herself. A Florida native, Eckert studied, taught and managed programs at three campuses of the International Culinary Schools, in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and most recently, Raleigh, N.C.
She said the opportunity to direct an American Culinary Federation-accredited program following former director Fred Laughlin’s retirement was a major attraction of the NMC position. In both Tampa and Raleigh she went through the ACF process. Valid for five years, accreditation assures students that a program meets a set of standards and competencies for faculty, curriculum and student services.
“It’s an incredible feeling when your team has worked that hard,” Eckert said, adding that accreditation should serve as a beacon to students, distinguishing GLCI from other culinary schools.
“That is a huge deal for a culinary school. Chefs in the industry... when you are a graduate of a program that has it, they know you have a solid background,” she said. Read more »
International Affairs Forum welcomes first employee director
After 25 years of volunteer leadership, the International Affairs Forum welcomes its first-ever employee director, Leila Hilal.
The 2018-19 IAF season wraps Thursday, June 20 with “Russia Against the West: Can the post-WWII Global Order Survive?” The lecture begins at 6 p.m. at the Milliken Auditorium. Admission is free for current students and educators. $10 for others.
Small steps, giant leaps at NMC
Watch your mailbox for the summer issue of Nexus - The Northwestern Michigan College Magazine, mailing June 19.
As the world marks the 50th anniversary of man’s walk on the moon, the cover story examines NMC’s small steps and giant leaps.