Envision and WSU Tech Announce Groundbreaking Partnership

By Terri Maus • Aug 11, 2021

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Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today a partnership with WSU Tech designed to meet the career goals of people who are blind or visually impaired (BVI). The program will be part of the new WSU Tech National Institute for Culinary and Hospitality Education.

Located on the first floor of the newly renovated downtown building, the Envision BVI Innovation Kitchen will be a state-of-the-art facility. Within the BVI community, there is limited training related to basic kitchen skills. The program will offer courses that will teach students how to plan and prepare meals, operate kitchen equipment, measuring, cutting, nutrition and meal planning. The goal is to help students live more independently and lead healthier and more sustainable lifestyles.

In addition, the program will also offer the first-of-its-kind culinary institute to offer professional culinary training to BVI students. WSU Tech and Envision will partner with expert chefs, architects and others to ensure the facility is fully accessible and meets industry standards. Curriculum may include culinary fundamentals, nutrition, sanitation and safety, introduction to the hospitality industry, modern banquet cooing, and baking and pastry skills. Additionally, the Envision BVI Bistro will be located adjacent to the Innovation Kitchen and will be open to the public. The facility will open in Fall 2022.

“Through this initiative with WSU Tech, Envision is making groundbreaking strides in the areas of advancement for people who are blind or visually impaired,” said Karyn Page, Vice President, Innovation. “WSU Tech is a great partner and is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, values that Envision also embodies. We are so excited about the opportunity to help people reach their career goals and be able to live fuller, more independent lives.”

Read WSU Tech's announcement here. Photo credit: WSU Tech.