The baking and pastry arts program is now offering a second year to the one-year program, giving students the option to take their education a step further.

September 2017 will be the first year students can take a second year of the course.

Although it is brand new, it has been an idea for a long time.

“We’ve been working on it for about seven years or longer,” said Anthony Bond, professor and coordinator of baking and pastry arts. “It is a slow process but finally on approval.”

There are several steps in order to creating the second year. Putting the courses together, coming up with the material, providing teachers and getting approval from management are a few of the steps to go through in order to put this plan into action.

As of now, it is officially offered to students.

Certain benefits come out of the extra year, according to Bond. “Students will receive a diploma instead of a certificate.”

The course will also focus more on cake decorating as opposed to the first year, and help students develop the required skills in order to help advance them.

Students who are currently in baking and pastry arts have the option to either end after the first year or continue to the second.

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after this year was done and I figured if they’re offering a second year, I may as well take it,” said Madelene Dionne, a student in first year of baking and pastry arts.

She hopes to further her skills and education in the following year in order to pursue a career in the field. “Anything to help me in my baking career is what I hope to gain,” said Dionne.