Organizational Background & Mission:
Since 1993, the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas has been training people for entry-level jobs in the hospitality industry, as well as providing qualified incumbent workers with free upgrade training. As a labor-management trust, the Academy has invaluable partnerships with the Culinary Union 226, Bartenders Union 165, and 26 premeiere hotel properties on the Las Vegas Strip. The Academy’s vision is to reduce poverty and unemployment by providing employability and vocational skills to youth, adults, and displaced workers. Its mission is training people for successful hospitality careers in Las Vegas. Each year, the Academy prepares approximately 1,700 individuals in 11 job classifications including baker’s helper, bar back, bar porter, bus person, food server, guest room attendant, house person/utility porter, professional cook, sommelier, steward, and wine server. Our instructional model simulates actual working conditions wherever possible. Students receive practical training through our restaurant, the Westside Bistro, and our catering operation, Culinary Arts Catering, which provides off-site catering and banquets at our event center.