#1 Hospitality Training Academy in Nevada

The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas (CALV) is the country’s leading nonprofit hospitality training institute offering 15 different programs in hospitality work, digital and employability skills training, and language instruction. Our mission is to train people for successful, family-sustaining careers in the Las Vegas hospitality industry. We work to reduce poverty and eliminate unemployment by providing vocational and job-readiness training to youth, adults, and displaced workers.

Explore Our Programs

  • Housekeeping

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    Housekeeping

    Class

    class length

    Guestroom Attendant

    89 Hours

    House Person/Utility Porter

    89 hours
  • Food & Beverage

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    FOOD & BEVERAGE

    Class

    class length

    Bus Person

    133 hours

    Food Server

    173 hours

    Fountain Worker/Barista

    101 hours
  • Food & Beverage (cont)

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    FOOD & BEVERAGE

    Class

    class length

    Bar Porter

    51 hours

    Bar Apprentice

    66 hours

    Wine Server

    94 hours

    Sommelier

    220 hours
  • Kitchen

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    Kitchen

    Class

    class length

    Steward

    140 Hours

    Baker’s Helper

    261 hours

    Professional Cook

    461 hours
  • Digital & Employability Skills

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    Basic Digital Literacy and Employability

    Class

    class length

    Basic Digital Literacy and Employability

    19 hours
  • Culinary Academy of Las Vegas English Language Classes

    Language Instruction

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    Language Instruction

    Class

    class length

    Vocational English for Speakers of Other Languages (VESOL)

    30 Hours

    English as a Second Language (ESL)

    40 hours

Class

class length

Guestroom Attendant

89 Hours

House Person/Utility Porter

89 hours

Class

class length

Bus Person

133 hours

Food Server

173 hours

Fountain Worker/Barista

101 hours

Class

class length

Bar Porter

51 hours

Bar Apprentice

66 hours

Wine Server

94 hours

Sommelier

220 hours

Class

class length

Steward

140 Hours

Baker’s Helper

261 hours

Professional Cook

461 hours

Class

class length

Basic Digital Literacy and Employability

19 hours

Class

class length

Vocational English for Speakers of Other Languages (VESOL)

30 Hours

English as a Second Language (ESL)

40 hours

The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas wants you to succeed

We provide training for entry-level and union workers in the Las Vegas hospitality industry. As a labor-management trust, CALV has invaluable partnerships with the Culinary Union Local 226, Bartenders Union Local 165, and 35 major properties on the Las Vegas Strip. Our goal is to provide high-quality training that will enable people to have successful careers with a living wage, benefits, employer-provided insurance, and opportunities for career advancement.

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CALV is an internationally recognized model for workforce development and vocational training

Students receive real-world training on our campus and through our applied learning sites and partners. The Westside Bistro is a student-run, full-service restaurant located on the main CALV campus. Culinary Arts Catering and Events is a professional catering service that provides on-site banquet service in our Events Center or off-site at a venue of choice. We are a preferred caterer and the sole concessionaire of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. We are also the owner and operator of 500 Grand Cafe, located inside the Clark County Government Center.

The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas plays an important role in the community, working to eliminate poverty and unemployment. Since our beginnings in 1993, we have trained more than 55,000 students for quality, family-sustaining careers in Southern Nevada. We provide a pathway out of poverty for community members who are unemployed or underemployed. All vocational training programs are licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education and a certificate of completion equates to one-year of work experience with our employer partners on the Las Vegas Strip.

OVER 85% of our students QUALIFY
FOR FINANCIAL AID

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