$872K awarded to Poplar Bluff Schools for new Culinary Arts Center

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KBSI) – Culinary arts in Poplar Bluff is getting an upgrade as the Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center (TCC) was awarded with a grant, which will develop a new training facility for students.

The grant awarded is more than $800,000 and will allow new equipment, a new location at the high school and more opportunities for both the students and the community.

“Upgrades are going to allow students to be more cooked to order. Much more like what they’re going to see in the real world. But the main thing is they’re going to see what they’re going to actually do. They’re going to serve customers. They’re going to take their money. They’re going to fill their drinks. They’re going to work with them,” explained Charles Kinsey, Director of TCC.

Students and faculty are excited to move to the high school after they faced some challenges.

“Moving to a different facility, it’s a great opportunity for us we are five miles away from the Technical Career Center itself so the students have to be bused over,” Brandon Moon, Culinary Arts Director stated. “We lose class time when they are on a bus.”

People from the community can dine in the restaurant on Thursdays and Fridays as students get experience. Many can enjoy cheaper food.

“As Mr. Kinsey said our goal is primarily our students and for them to be ready to go to work upon completion of this program and in addition to that is to support our community,” said Dr. Amy Jackson, assistant superintendent, CFO, of the Poplar Bluff School District.

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