May 22, 2008
The Institute for the Culinary Arts Groundbreaking
The Institute for the Culinary Arts Timeline
1974 - The Culinary Program is established, along with MCC, in a storefront at 50th and Dodge.
1988 - The Culinary Program moves into its current location, Bldg 10 on MCC’s historic Fort Omaha Campus.
1995 - The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Hospitality Management Programs (CAHM), making MCC the first community college in the United States
to be accredited jointly by CAHM and the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission.
1996 - MCC becomes the first two-year college in the nation to offer a degree as a research chef. The degree, now termed Culinology™, merges food science, research, product development
and culinary arts. In 2001, the Culinology degree is endorsed by the Research Chefs™ Association.
2004 - The Sage Student Bistro is established offering fine dining to the public and learning experiences to students.
2005 - The Culinary Program becomes The Institute for the Culinary Arts. Culinary Team Nebraska forms concepts for the national championship in Chicago and earns a
2005 - High School Culinary Invitational inaugurated; serves hundreds of high school culinary students.
2009 - Students and community members enjoy the state-of-the-art training facility.
2007 - MCC becomes the first college in the nation, together with the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation and Creighton University, to offer ManageFirst
Professional Plus, a hospitality and food service management certification program.
2008 - The building project is approved by the Nebraska Postsecondary Coordinating Commission. Demolition of buildings makes room for the ICA building and a new College
entrance point at Sorensen Parkway.
Metropolitan Community College gratefully
acknowledges the Donald H. Pegler family for their
support of The Institute for the Culinary Arts
Welcome & Introduction
Chef Brian O’Malley, Master of Ceremonies
The Institute for the Culinary Arts Instructor
Donald and JoAnn Pegler, Jr.
Dave Newell Chris Pulling Randy Schmailzl
Chair Executive Chef Executive Vice President
Board of Governors Levy Restaurants/Qwest Center Omaha Metropolitan Community College
Mike Fahey Jim Trebbien Dr. Jo Ann C. McDowell
Mayor Director President
City of Omaha The Institute for the Culinary Arts Metropolitan Community College
Patrick Hermes Don Pegler III
Staff Member Spokesperson
U.S. Senator Ben Nelson’s Office Pegler Family Foundation
Message from U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Monte Schatz
Board of Governors and special guests
David Brown MCC Foundation Reception honoring the Pegler family
President following the groundbreaking
Omaha Chamber of Commerce Bruce Carpenter
Senior Vice President Site tours via Ollie the Trolley