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In order to more accurately reflect student enrollment and continue its current mission as a baccalaureate and master’s degree institution, Keystone will no longer offer its associate degree program in culinary arts beginning in the Fall 2015 semester.

The decision will affect a small number of returning culinary students who will have the option of continuing their Keystone education in another major, including Keystone’s new bachelor’s degree program in hospitality business management. The students will also have the option of transferring to Lackawanna College, where they can continue their culinary education in accordance with an agreement between the two institutions.

“In recent years, we have expanded our strategic focus specifically on baccalaureate programs and in our introduction of new master’s degree programs,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Dr. Karen Yarrish.

“While we are disappointed to end our well-respected culinary arts program, we are heartened to know that our current culinary students will be able to meet their educational goals at Keystone or Lackawanna College. We thank Lackawanna College for accepting Keystone students into their culinary program.”

Also, Keystone will no longer operate its on-campus restaurant, The Chef’s Table, because the restaurant’s singular purpose was to help train culinary students. The Chef’s Table concluded its season on May 1, 2015

“We offer our heartfelt gratitude to the culinary students and staff for their tremendous expertise and dedication and to members of the community for supporting The Chef’s Table,” Dr. Yarrish said.

Keystone employs approximately 200 full-time and 250-part time employees including adjunct instructors. In addition to the new bachelor’s degree program in hospitality business management, Keystone has recently expanded its academic offerings with master’s degree programs in accountancy, early childhood education leadership, and sport leadership and management.