Graduates of Helms College will now be able to continue their studies at any of Johnson & Wales University’s four U.S. campuses through an articulation agreement established this month.

Students enrolled in Helms College’s Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality, Macon Campus, and its School of Hospitality, Augusta Campus, can currently study toward an associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts. Under this agreement, Helms students who meet the established grade point average (G.P.A.) requirement may transfer credit directly to JWU and continue their education at the junior level toward a bachelor of science degree in one of three JWU programs: Culinary Arts and Food Service Management, Food and Beverage Entrepreneurship, or Business Studies.

“This is an exciting agreement with Johnson & Wales for many reasons. Now, Helms College students can pursue a bachelor’s degree with this prestigious university,” says James K. Stiff, President of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Inc., the parent organization of Helms College. 

“We are pleased to be able to recognize Helms College students for their academic readiness to pursue bachelor’s degrees in culinary arts, hospitality and business through this articulation agreement,” says Mim L. Runey, LP.D., Providence campus president, chief operating officer. “Their ongoing education will expand upon their foundational knowledge, network and experience to achieve future professional and personal success.”


Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 15,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 123 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit


Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA builds lives, families and communities one career at a time by helping people develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career services. More than 86 cents of every dollar in Goodwill revenue underwrites job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service delivery area. To learn more about programs and the individuals served by Goodwill, read the annual report at