Sysco Announces $75K Gift to Pulaski Tech

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) – The Pulaski Technical College Foundation today received a $75,000 gift from Sysco Corp. that will benefit the college's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute.

The culinary institute will name its restaurant/dining area the "Sysco Le Culinaire."

"Sysco has been a longtime supporter of Pulaski Technical College because we can see the direct impact it makes on the lives of students," said Harry Cotros, president of Sysco Arkansas. "The students at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute are the future of our state's culinary and hospitality industry, and we are proud that our business can play a part in their success."

Cotros made the announcement at the start of Sysco's quarterly sales meeting on Friday. More than 100 sales personnel from across the state were gathered at PTC's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute for a day of food-focused workshops.

Sysco has an active partnership with PTC's culinary institute. In addition to supporting the college's annual Diamond Chef Arkansas culinary competition, Sysco hosts tours of its facilities for culinary students. In the future, Sysco's food experts will periodically serve as guest lecturers for students in the Product Identification course, and Sysco and Pulaski Tech will partner on a food show.

The company has given more than $144,000 to the college in the past five years, said Ganelle Holman, executive director of the Pulaski Technical College Foundation.

"This kind of partnership not only gives the Culinary Institute financial freedom, it also allows our students the chance to build relationships with vendors and future business partners," Holman said. "We are incredibly grateful for Sysco's financial support of students at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute."

About Pulaski Technical College:

Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive, two-year college that serves the educational needs of central Arkansas through more than 78 occupational/technical degree and certificate programs, a university-transfer curriculum and specialized programs for business and industry.

The college's mission is to provide access to high quality education that promotes student learning, to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential and to support the economic development of the state.

About 500 students attend the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute, which offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in Baking and Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality Management. Technical certificates are offered in Baking and Pastry, Culinary Arts, and Wine and Spirits Studies. In addition, nine certificates of proficiency are offered.

About Sysco:

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates 193 distribution facilities serving approximately 425,000 customers. For Fiscal Year 2013 that ended June 29, 2013, the company generated record sales of more than $44 billion.

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