Education roundup: College to launch baking, pastry arts program

Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 2:12 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. - A new diploma in baking and pastry arts is scheduled to launch in January of 2022 at Helms College, following the opening of Edgar’s Bakehouse, a scratch bakery concept that joined the Edgar’s Hospitality family July of this year.

Helms College provides a real-world education that opens the doors to real jobs that pay real money.

The 44-week program will offer hands-on experiential learning in partnership with venues including Edgar’s Grille, Edgars Bakehouse, Snelling Conference Center, Pinnacle Club and Edgar’s Above Broad.

Michael Romano, the executive pastry chef at Edgar’s Bakehouse, is a two-time Food Network champion and previously worked as the head pastry chef at The Pierre, a Forbes five-star hotel in New York City.

“I’m extremely excited to be here and help to show people what the wide world of pastry and desserts can be,” Romano said. “I’m passionate about what the Edgar’s family is doing, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

The Helms College program will offer students the opportunity to earn up to five certifications from the National Restaurant Association while enrolled in school and prepares students to test for the certified fundamentals pastry cook certification from the American Culinary Federation after graduation.

Helms College is a private, independent postsecondary career school licensed by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. Named in honor of the Rev. Edgar Helms, the founder of Goodwill Industries, Helms College creates opportunities for students to discover their strengths and build upon their knowledge, skills and attitudes through extensive integrative and experiential learning.

For more information on this program, call 844-GO-HELMS or visit

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