Today, the Livonia, MI, school is setting trends not just in the teaching of culinary arts but in education in general. Students no longer huddle in a single kitchen to view a chef’s demonstration. Following a $28 million renovation and addition, the Culinary Arts Program is now housed in the VisTaTech Center, where accommodations include six teaching kitchens, each equipped with ceiling-mounted digital cameras, and 72 student workstations connected by wireless AV technology. The result is a high-tech learning laboratory in which students view instructors on ceiling-mounted flat-screen monitors. The learning areas accommodate computers, DVD equipment, VCRs, and streamed IP video that enable the school to record and broadcast lessons within the building and worldwide.
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