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Stratford University Partners with RAMW to Promote Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Education

June 24, 2016

Workforce development and job placement are key focus

Fairfax, VA (June 24, 2016) – Stratford University’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts is pleased to announce its new partnership with the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW).

With a focus on workforce development and job and intern placement, RAMW will connect and promote Stratford University’s hospitality and culinary education programs to the association’s network of restaurants, chefs, and foodservice businesses and opportunities. The partnership will bring information, insight, educational resources, and marketing opportunities to the table for both organizations.

Now in its 40th year of education, American Culinary Federation-accredited Stratford University prepares students for the evolving demands of the hospitality and culinary arts professions, providing them with a framework for the lifelong learning required for career advancement. Stratford’s campuses are located in Alexandria, Falls Church, Newport News, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Woodbridge, Virginia; and Baltimore, Maryland, as well as an international campus in New Delhi, India. Degrees from the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts include Master of Science in International Hospitality ManagementBachelor of Arts in Hospitality ManagementAssociate of Applied Science in Advanced Culinary ArtsAssociate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry ArtsAssociate of Applied Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management; and Advanced Culinary Arts Professional Diploma.

Partnering with RAMW is an exciting opportunity for both Stratford and our extremely talented culinary students,” said Mary Ann Shurtz, Executive Vice President of Stratford University. “We look forward to working with RAMW and are confident that our exceptional education, training, and state-of-the art facilities will deliver a highly qualified workforce. We are proud to sustain an industry that touches so many lives every day.”

Education is such a crucial part of our industry that opens so many doors and gives one invaluable ingredient for overall success: confidence,” said RAMW President Kathy E. HollingerIt will be great for Stratford University’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts students to have access to our restaurant members and network and likewise for our operators to have a direct line to qualified workforce who are training at the Alexandria and Woodbridge campuses.

RAMW also manages an Education Foundation – Educated Eats, a (501(c)3) which advocates for the value of employment through the restaurant and foodservice industry and is committed to creating the next generation of culinary and hospitality professionals. The Foundation will promote Stratford’s scholarship opportunities and overall academic curriculum to the foodservice community as well as to RAMW’s network of secondary education institutions through a variety of programming.

About Stratford University

Celebrating its 40th year, Stratford University, a For Benefit Corporation, is a private educational institution dedicated to preparing students for the challenges of a rewarding career. Alumni pursue professions in high-demand fields like computer science, information technology, hospitality, culinary arts, business administration, health sciences, and nursing. With convenient locations in Alexandria, Falls Church, Newport News, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Woodbridge, Virginiaand in Baltimore, Maryland, Stratford University is the ideal place to fulfill academic and professional goals. Stratford University offers applied doctoral, master's, bachelor's, and associate degrees, as well as many non-credit workshops and courses. Internationally, Stratford features a campus in New Delhi, India. 

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Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource, and community for its members. The Association works to promote and sustain the growth and development of the industry while providing its members legislative and regulatory representationmarketing and small business supportprogramming; and events. RAMW strives to serve its members with professionalism and integrity, and provide them the training, education, and support they need to grow a successful business.