Paul Smith’s College Launches New Culinary Program in New York City

Mar 3, 2023 | News

New “PSC in NYC” Culinary Program to Start in Spring 2024

The Program will be Housed at Fedcap’s Food Arts Center, a State-of-the-Art Teaching Kitchen in Midtown Manhattan

 New York, NY –Paul Smith’s College is launching a new culinary program in New York City at The Fedcap Group’s Food Arts Center, located at 210 E 43rd Street. Paul Smith’s College is known for culinary and hospitality programs and has offered high-quality training and education for decades. Last year, Paul Smith’s culinary program was ranked 11th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.   

Paul Smith’s has been approved to offer an accredited Culinary Arts Essentials certificate program at the new location in New York City. After completion of the program, students will receive 33 college credits in Culinary Arts. Students will learn a wide range of culinary techniques and skills, nutrition, baking and pastry basics, and kitchen management knowledge, among other essential courses, in preparation for graduates to be prepared for high-demand culinary careers.

The Culinary Arts Essentials certificate will be completed in little over eight months, with a spring semester at the New York City location, and then a “Summer in Saranac” residency to finish the certificate, where they will complete and internship program at one of the regional resorts, hotels, or restaurants and finish other core courses, like baking using Paul Smith’s College’s state-of-the-art baking facilities.  

Graduates of the new PSC in NYC culinary program would be automatically accepted into a Paul Smith’s Associates or Bachelor program in culinary, baking/pastry, or hospitality program. 

Not only has Paul Smith’s expanded their base of operations for additional enrollment opportunities, but also, the program will focus on enrolling underrepresented individuals into a high demand program and exposing them to opportunities in New York City and the Adirondacks. Up to 20 students will start in the first cohort.

“Paul Smith’s College has been providing culinary education in the Adirondacks for decades, providing students with an education leading to degrees in Culinary Management and career options ranging from caterer, corporate/private/executive chef, and more,” said Dan Kelting, Interim President of Paul Smith’s College. “The Culinary Arts Essentials certificate is one more way Paul Smith’s College is focused on attracting and enrolling students. Our collaboration with The Fedcap Group’s Food Arts Center in New York City is an exciting development and we look forward to helping more students obtain valuable training for additional in-demand skills and roles, with the option to continue their studies towards two- or four-year degrees.”

“The Fedcap Group is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals with barriers to economic well-being, and education is truly an entry point to sustainable careers, and the culinary industry provides many paths to sustainable well-being,” said Christine McMahon, President and CEO of The Fedcap Group. “Fedcap has been providing students with culinary skills training in our state-of-the-art New York City facility, preparing them for entry-level positions in the food services sector. This collaboration with Paul Smith’s College provides students with an on-ramp to further education, or they can enter the workforce immediately upon completion of their certificates. We thank Wil Edwards, Director of Fedcap’s Food Arts Center, for his leadership on this important collaboration with Paul Smith’s College that we hope will serve as a blueprint for expanding opportunities, especially to individuals from underserved communities.”

At Paul Smith’s College, it’s about the experience. As the only four-year institution of higher education located in the Adirondack Park in upstate New York, Paul Smith’s provides real-world, hands-on learning in fields such as business and hospitality, culinary management, forestry, environmental sciences, and natural resources. We can draw on industries and resources available in our backyard while preparing students for successful careers anywhere. Our community of resourceful, enterprising, supportive, and adventurous individuals collectively provides experiential education, student support in the classroom and beyond, and meaningful opportunities for our alumni. We pride ourselves on research and advocacy on issues that improve our planet and the lives of the people who inhabit it. Learn more at    

About The Fedcap Group

For 87 years, The Fedcap Group has developed scalable, innovative, and potentially disruptive solutions to some of society’s most pressing needs. Serving 340,000 people this past fiscal year, The Fedcap Group provides educational services to every age group, vocational training and job attainment in high-growth industries, as well as support services such as behavioral health services—all targeted to helping people achieve long-term self-sufficiency. The Fedcap Group also invests its time and resources in broader system change—working in partnership with federal, state, and local government to improve the way services are designed, funded, and delivered.




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