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

Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program

Mission & Goals

The mission of the Virginia Western Community College Culinary Program is to:

  • Equip the students with the needed skills to enter into the culinary industry.
  • Prepare the students to be professionals at all times.
  • Create lasting relationships with local businesses and citizens of the Roanoke Region, to promote economic vitality of the area.

The mission can be achieved through adherence to the following goals:

  • Teaching professionalism daily; leading by example.
  • Creating partnerships with local, charitable organizations, to give students opportunity to hone skills.
  • Teaching the demands of the food service industry in a realistic manner.
  • Commitment to upholding the high standards of the food service industry.
  • Creating an atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • Encourage students to continue their education.
  • Garnering mutual respect.

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