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Frequently Asked Question

Tuition for each program varies. Please see our Program List for tuition costs.

Eligible Culinary Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 members qualify for free training as part of their union benefits package. Please contact Student Services if you are unsure about your eligibility.

We do not offer Federal Financial Aid (Title IV Funding). However, we partner with several community agencies who offer full or partial tuition assistance for qualified students. Over 85% of our students qualify for tuition assistance. Please contact Student Services for further details.

Program lengths vary, as each program has a required number of vocational hours that need to be completed to graduate. Please see our Program List for program lengths and schedules.

Yes. CALV does not discriminate based on criminal record. Our Student Services team completes a one-on-one assessment with each student to help determine the most appropriate career path and how to navigate going forward.

No. Students to not need a high school diploma or GED to register for any of our programs. Some programs require prior work experience, which can be waived with a certification of completion from applicable CALV training programs. Please see our Program List for program requirements.

Yes. Although CALV does not guarantee employment, our Student Services team offers career assistance to students and graduates, including resume writing, job searching, and interview preparation.

Some programs will require a Food Handler Safety Training card and/or Alcohol Awareness Card at time of registration. Please see our Program List for program requirements.

Upon completion of training, graduates will receive a certificate of completion that equates to one (1) year of work experience with our employer partners on the Las Vegas Strip. Please see our Partners for a list of our employer, labor, and community partners.

No. Unfortunately, the free training benefit is only for the worker. If you have a family member who is interested in enrolling, please contact Student Services to discuss other available funding options.

In order to be eligible for free training as part of your union benefits, you must be a union member with Local 226 or Local 165 and be employed through one of our employer partners in a qualified position for a minimum of six (6) months. If you are an eligible member on lay-off status, your training benefits remain active for six (6) months from your separation date. Please contact Student Services if you are unsure about your eligibility.

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