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Million Dollar Gift To Expand Culinary Arts At TSTC

Aug. 11, 2011

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Texas State Technical College president Elton Stuckly's turn of phrase on a one-million dollar gift to the institution is appropriate. Students trained to become experts in baking and those cakes and pastries may be just one outcome of many of the expansion of the culinary arts program that the gift will make possible. The benefactors are Murray and Greta Watson through their Brazos Higher Education Service Corporation. Greta's name will adorn the new Culinary Arts Center, which will represent a huge expansion for the program, both in size and in scope. Mark Schneder is the Culinary Arts Department Chair.

Dr. Stuckly said the new programs made possible by the expansion directly help the school's mission of of ensuring the economic vitality of the workforce in Texas. Schneider believes the gift will help persuade students to pick Waco for their culinary education, rather than going to schools in larger cities.

The gift is symbolic as well as tangible. Murray Watson was a state senator in 1965 when he proposed a bill that created TSTC, then known as the James Connally Technical Institute. The new center is expected to be open for the spring semester in 2012. For KWBU News, I'm Derek Smith.

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