Helms College to Launch New Baking and Pastry Arts Diploma Program at its Augusta Campus

(AUGUSTA, Ga) - A new Diploma in Baking and Pastry Arts will launch in January of 2022 at Helms College, following the opening of Edgar’s Bakehouse, a scratch bakery concept that joined the Edgar’s Hospitality Group family in July of this year.

Helms College provides an experiential-based education, opening the door to numerous career opportunities. The 44-week Baking and Pastry Arts Diploma program offers hands-on learning in partnership with our applied-learning venues including Edgar’s Grille, Edgar’s Bakehouse, Snelling Conference Center, Pinnacle Club, and Edgar’s Above Broad. The combination of classroom and real-world experience offers Helms students a unique opportunity to gain the skills necessary to meet the needs of the industry.

Michael Romano, the executive pastry chef at Edgar’s Bakehouse, will serve as an instructor for the new program. Romano is a two-time Food Network champion and previously worked as the head pastry chef at The Pierre, a Forbes 5-star hotel in New York City. “I’m extremely excited to be here and help to show people what the wide world of pastry and desserts can be,” Romano said. “I’m passionate about what Helms College is doing, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

The Helms College program will offer students the opportunity to earn up to five certifications from the National Restaurant Association while enrolled in school and prepare students to test for the Certified Fundamentals Pastry Cook (CFPC) certification from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) after graduation. Helms College learning labs showcase industry-relevant equipment and small class sizes to create exciting learning environments. Graduates of the program will obtain specialized baking and pastry skills that prepare them to start a culinary career in positions such as artisan baker, pastry chef, chocolatier, and sugar artist.

“Our faculty have worked across the country and around the world and are eager to share their knowledge with students,” says Bruce Ozga, vice president of culinary education at Helms College.

For more information on this program, visit www.Helms.edu or call 844.GO-HELMS. ###

About Helms College

Helms College is a private, independent postsecondary career school licensed by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. Helms College provides a unique approach to experiential learning and career education. Named in honor of Rev. Edgar Helms, the founder of Goodwill Industries, Helms College creates opportunities for students to discover their strengths and build upon their knowledge, skills and attitudes through extensive integrative and experiential learning. For more information on this program, call 844.GO HELMS or visit www.Helms.edu.

About Edgar’s Hospitality Group

Edgar’s Hospitality Group is the hospitality division of Goodwill Industries that manages Augusta’s The Pinnacle Club, Edgar’s Grille, Edgar’s Bakehouse, Snelling Conference Center and Edgar’s Above Broad, in addition to Edgar’s Bistro and Anderson Conference Center in Macon, Ga. To learn more about Edgar’s Hospitality Group visit www.EdgarsHospitality.com.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, a non-profit, 501c3 charity, build lives, families and communities one career at a time by helping people develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career services. More than 86 cents of every dollar of Goodwill revenue underwrites job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service delivery area. Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA is accountable to local Board of Directors, belong to this community and is not owned by any individual or company.

To learn more about services and individuals served by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, visit www.Goodwillworks.org.