Culinary Institute of Virginia Reviews
This school only wants your money. I have heard many stories on how bad they treat their students and do not like it. Some places wont even hire you because you went to CIV and they know their reputation. Save your time and money by going to a restaurant and working your way up.
I enjoyed learning from the experience faculty and staff. Interacting with my classmates helped improve my learning experience. Career services helped me find gainful employment through my internship while completing my associate's in culinary arts. I would recommend ECPI university and its culinary institute to those who have a passion for something and want to grow their experience and knowledge.
The faculty and support staff are passionate about the culinary field and getting the right person with the best qualifications in the best jobs. All the instructors are amazing, the course work is relevant to the degree and there really isn't any "Busy Work". The dedicated "Career Services" department is there to assist you with employment from day one to finding you the right "externship" site and then they offer an "alumni support specialist" for post graduation. If volunteering is your thing, there are plenty of opportunities to give back, from "Kid's Cafe" (partnership with the local food bank) to "Casual Gourmet" (teaching home cooks the ropes) and many local events as well. If you are thinking about coming to culinary school, I recommend taking a look at CIV and see if it's the place for you. It was for me!
I was a career changer from a tech support background when I enrolled at CIV. I knew that I enjoyed cooking and was good at it, but wasn't sure how to make a career of it. Overall, my experience at CIV was amazing! The instructors were all great, giving of their time in and out of class. They encouraged questions and mistakes, urged us to get involved with different events, and made lessons simple and relevant. The courses themselves have changed since my day, but they started with basics including knife cuts and making stocks and concluded with a group of students basically running our own restaurant out of a classroom for a week. The skills and knowledge I learned and the assistance from Career Services definitely helped me find work quickly after graduation; however, as with anything, what you put in affects what you get out.