2015-16 Virginia Western Academic Catalog 
    Aug 15, 2022  
2015-16 Virginia Western Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Culinary Arts: Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science

Purpose: This curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and basic skills required to be successful in the culinary industry.

Program Objectives: Graduates satisfy the American Culinary Federation eligibility requirements to test for both the Certified Culinarian (CC) and Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC) designations.

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.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college.

Developmental Requirements: Students who do not place into college-level English on the placement test will be required to take developmental courses.

Students who do not demonstrate proficiency on the placement test in the following mathematical units will be required to complete developmental courses: MTE 1 , MTE 2 , and MTE 3 .

It is strongly recommended that developmental education requirements be completed as soon as possible.

Program Notes: Dual enrollment opportunities with secondary school programs in the college’s service area are available.


Although this program is not designed for transfer, agreements with specific institutions may exist. Contact the Culinary Arts program head as listed on program webpage.

First Year

Second Year

Total Minimum Credits for Degree: 65

1 Electives must be chosen from the specific list referenced in the curriculum requirements above.

2 HRI 290  and SDV 106  must be taken during the same semester.

3 Health and wellness are emphasized throughout the culinary program, but specifically in HRI 119 - Applied Nutrition for Food Service .

* This course has a requisite. Requisites for all courses are listed in the course description section at the back of the catalog.

NOTE: Fall and Spring course sequence are only taught in their respective semesters.

Program Requirements: To successfully complete the laboratory components of the program, the student must be able to perform all of the essential functions of a culinarian:

  1. Communicate satisfactorily with clients, supervisors, peers, and the culinary team, which includes a diverse group of people.
  2. See and hear adequately to be able to react to the varied culinary environments, such as receive and interpret various equipment signals.
  3. See adequately to read equipment gauges in order to correctly interpret displayed data.
  4. Be prepared  to attend and stand/walk during class and/or labs during day and/or evenings lasting from 3 to 9 hours in length.
  5. Walk rapidly for a prolonged period from one area to another. Work with sense of urgency.
  6. Bend or squat frequently.
  7. Assist in lifting or moving equipment, cooking pots and pans and food ingredients.
  8. Demonstrate adequate eye/hand coordination for dexterity in manipulation of equipment and utensils.
  9. Use hands for grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation.
  10. Work with arms fully extended overhead for short periods
  11. Differentiate the color spectrum for proper preparation and presentation of prepared dishes.
  12. Possess the visual acuity to correctly read handwritten requisitions, orders, receiving reports, recipes, and provide safety for clients.
  13. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  14. Be able to multi-task, as well as, keep a “level head” when exposed to highly stressful and demanding situations in lab and internship settings.
  15. Work in close quarters in close proximity to a diverse group of people.
  16. Withstand high-temperature environment for prolonged periods of time.
  17. Work as a member of a cohesive team.

Despite the foregoing, a qualified person with a disability who can perform these essential functions with reasonable accommodations will be considered for admission along with other qualified applicants.

Program Notes: Dual enrollment opportunities with secondary school programs in the college’s service area are available.

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