Food Incubator

AWC launches new Food Incubator program

June 12, 2024

Four-week course offered through AWC Continuing Education 

Yuma, AZ (June 13, 2024) – Arizona Western College is launching a new Food Incubator program this month to teach aspiring entrepreneurs what it takes to start and run a successful business.

This four-week, boot camp-style course will be co-taught by AWC Professor of Accounting Dr. Kristine Duke and AWC Professor of Culinary Arts Chef Bob Gedeon. 

“The Food Incubator program will provide participants with entrepreneurial skills to begin a business in the food service and restaurant industry, teaching them everything they need to know from food safety to accounting,” said Dr. Kristine Duke.

Students also have an opportunity to learn about licensing, making a business plan, purchasing, marketing, food presentation, and more. Participants will earn a certificate of completion upon finishing the course.

The Food Incubator program is offered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays from June 24 – July 23 at the AWC Yuma Campus Culinary Arts Lab (LR 109), 2020 S. Ave. 8E. A campus map can be found here.

Seating is limited. To register, email or call 928-317-7674. 

The cost of the course is $400. Scholarship funding is available. Those interested can call for scholarship eligibility information.

More details about the Food Incubator can be found at The program is funded by the Arizona Community Foundation.

Dr. Kristine Duke
Professor of Accounting
Arizona Western College

Bob Gedeon
Professor of Culinary Arts
Arizona Western College