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Douglas Phillips, a culinary arts instructor at North Shore Community College, has been on a roll on the Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship.” (Photo courtesy of the Food Network)

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Yule logs and cream puffs and mousse cakes, oh my! Douglas Phillips is in it to win it on the Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship.” And when he’s not taking down the competition, Phillips is a culinary arts instructor at North Shore Community College (NSCC) in Massachusetts.

The pastry chef had worked in the fast-paced restaurant industry before joining NSCC in 2017. Earlier this year, Phillips launched a year-long baking and pastry certificate program at the college. His current fame has given the college a new opportunity to promote the program. And for those looking to try Phillips’ recipes, coming this spring, the pastry case at the on-campus Beacon Café will feature some of his tasty creations – but baked by students.

“Holiday Baking Championship” airs Monday nights.

Ohio college approved for second bachelor’s degree

Clark State Community College has received approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) for a second applied baccalaureate. The four-year degree in web design and development is anticipated to be available to students beginning in 2020, pending approval by the college’s accreditor.

“Our industry partners worked diligently to develop a viable and relevant curriculum in this area,” said Clark State President Jo Alice Blondin. “It’s an opportunity to provide higher education for an industry important to our region’s economic and overall health.”

In May, the college received approval for its first applied bachelor’s degree in manufacturing technology management.

On-campus housing in New Mexico

San Juan College has announced plans to open student housing in fall 2020.

College officials said there was a demand at the college for the $23 million, 376-bed facility, which they also hope will, among other things, increase students’ persistence and retention rates.

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