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PITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Culinary Arts student Ronald Gargani has been awarded a prestigious National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) scholarship trip to Italy where he will undertake a culinary study of Italian foods and wines.
Believing that the key to preparing great Italian food requires a fundamental understanding of the culture and language, Gargani undertook a series of Italian language classes in the hopes that one day he would travel to Italy. His dream realized, Gargani’s NRAEF scholarship trip will take him on an eight-day gastronomical journey where he will learn about such regional specialities as Acqualagna truffles, Campofiore pasta and the traditional cuisine of Ascoli.
A Greentree resident, Gargani plans to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh in the fall where he will pursue a degree in food science. His goal is to learn the science of molecular gastronomy and to open an authenic Italian café in downtown Pittsburgh.
About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 170 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.