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School of Business, Technology & Trades :: Programs of Study

Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program

The Associate of Applied Science and Career Studies Certificate programs are designed to produce the trained hospitality and tourism workforce necessary to realize the Region's goal in establishing the Roanoke Valley area as a travel, convention, and tourism destination. Such a workforce will not only serve our visitors, but will also enrich our community by providing quality dining and memorable hospitality experiences in our local restaurants, clubs, and hotels. Based on statewide projections, during the next decade there will be a great demand for qualified culinary workers at multiple levels to service the growing needs of the culinary and hospitality industry in our society. As a provider of a skilled culinary and hospitality workforce, we will support the various regional economic development initiatives through our partnership with area businesses and public sector organizations.

Completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree satisfies the American Culinary Federation eligibility requirements to test for both the Certified Culinarian (CC) and Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC) designations. Visit the American Culinary Federation website for further information. Students completing the 27-credit hour Career Studies Certificate program receive a technical education foundation in food production, the culinary arts field, and an introduction to the hospitality industry. The Associate of Applied Science curriculum provides additional technical education in the culinary arts while requiring general education courses which may lead to other postsecondary educational opportunities. Both curricula are competency-based, and dual enrollment opportunities with secondary school programs in the college's service area are available.

About Food Preparation Occupations (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Mandatory Cutlery and Uniform Requirements

Click here to download the cutlery and uniform purchasing requirements. (PDF)

Click here to download the baking uniform pricing (for Baking and Pastry students). (PDF)

Culinary Arts - Associate of Applied Science

This curriculum prepares graduates to enter the workforce at differing levels in the following positions: baker, broiler cook, expediter, fry/sauté cook, pantry cook, pastry cook, soup and sauce cook, sous chef, and vegetable cook. With successful work experience, students will be able to become head cooks and chefs.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Baking & Pastry Career Studies Certificate

This curriculum  prepares graduates to enter the workforce at differing levels in the following positions: baker, bread baker, cake maker and decorator, dessert maker, personal baker and wholesale baker.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Culinary Arts Career Studies Certificate

This curriculum prepares graduates to enter the workforce at entry level in the following positions: line cook, pantry cook, prep and/or production cook and vegetable cook. With successful work experience, students will be able to become lead cooks.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Claude Moore Culinary Kitchen Photo Gallery

Kitchen in Claude Moore Education Complex

Program Head

James Zeisler, Sr., CEC, CCA, CDM, CFPP
Instructor, Culinary Arts

Phone: 540-982-3890 ext. 201
Location: Claude Moore Education Complex

A.O.S.: Culinary Arts - Johnson & Wales University, 1992
Certificate: Dietary Management, University of Florida, 1999

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School of Business, Technology & Trades
Location: Webber Hall W305
Phone: 540-857-7272
Fax: 540-857-7086

Mailing address:
3098 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015