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Nicolet Culinary Arts Instructor Mendham to Chair State Restaurant Association Education Foundation 


Long-time Nicolet College Culinary Arts Instructor Vicki Mendham recently had the honor of being named chair of Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation for 2023-2024. 

As the charitable arm of Wisconsin Restaurant Association, the Education Foundation promotes and supports the foodservice industry through educational opportunities, scholarships and community involvement. 

“It’s truly an honor to be selected to serve as chair of such a wonderful organization,” Mendham said. 

“Whether it's helping high school students discover their passion for careers in the hospitality industry, awarding scholarships to students pursuing a culinary or hospitality degree, or providing certification trainings for current employees, the Foundation offers essential programs to meet the needs of our evolving and exciting industry.” 

Since 1983, the WRS Education Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships, with $25,000 awarded annually in recent years. 

Mendham has served as a Culinary Arts Instructor at Nicolet for 28 years. 

The college offers two different associate’s degrees in the career field, one in Culinary Arts and the other in Culinary Arts Management. This is in addition to five other shorter-term technical certificates and a technical diploma. 

Click here for more information about the Culinary Arts program at Nicolet or call the college at (715) 365-4493.