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A brief history and transition to Lincoln College of New England

History of Clemens College

Now part of Lincoln College of New England's Suffield campus, Clemens College was founded in 1992 as the Swiss Hospitality Institute, in Washington, Connecticut. In 1994, the institution was approved to confer collegiate programs at the associate degree level, and was renamed the International College of Hospitality Management, César Ritz. In 2003, under new ownership, the college was relocated to Suffield, Connecticut, on the grounds of the former St. Alphonsus College. In 2007, the name was changed to Clemens College to honor Samuel Clemens, one of Connecticut’s best loved literary figures, better known by his pen-name, Mark Twain.


Clemens College becomes Lincoln College of New England

In 2010, Clemens College in Suffield, CT became a branch campus of Lincoln College of New England and maintains many of the same traditions.  "Clemens College supports our long term strategy of providing Lincoln students with the opportunity to advance their education with higher degree offerings and consequently greater career opportunities," said Dave Carney, Chairman and CEO of Lincoln. "Not only will our culinary and hospitality students in Connecticut benefit from our acquisition of Clemens College, but once we offer courses online, all of our culinary and hospitality students will have the opportunity to obtain a regionally accredited degree. Further, over time we will add other disciplines to this campus."


Clemens College educational approach is based on two simple but rigorous principles:


• Professionalism is a key component of success in any career. To be successful, students must get in the habit of demonstrating the highest standards of professional behavior. Paid internships in professional workplaces are essential to this process.


• Excellence in any career requires the breadth of knowledge and personal insight that only a liberal arts education can provide.


At Lincoln College of New England we believe careers are built not only with skills and credentials, but also with careful, individualized guidance and placement of the right graduate on the right career path.  Our college faculty is comprised of experienced professionals in hotel management, culinary arts, business administration, food service management as well as liberal arts.


In addition to coursework and practical experience, students receive intensive and highly personalized career training during their paid internships at prestigious hotels, restaurants, resorts, casinos and hospitality-related businesses. Currently, hundreds of graduates are represented in the hospitality industry worldwide.


Lincoln College of New England's Suffield campus can help you acquire the education and knowledge base necessary to be amazing and successful.  Student life on the Suffield campus is directly related to the energy and creativity of the student body. We invite you to become part of our tradition by becoming a new student at our Connecticut college!


Clemens College Alumni Association


Clemens College’s Alumni Association is now part of Lincoln College of New England's Suffield  Campus Alumni Association, which includes in its eligibility membership all those who have ever attended Clemens College.  We invite you to re-connect with classmates and explore your networking opportunities with Lincoln College of New England’s Alumni Association.



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