Catching Up With…James Gardner, Class of ‘03
Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.
“I currently work at Masonic Villages, which is retirement housing in Elizabethtown, PA.”
What is your job title and what do you do?
“I am a Sous Chef, which is the position directly under the head or executive chef, making me second in command.”
What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?
“I’ve done many jobs within my trade area since leaving CPAVTS, far too many to list!”
What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS? Where did you receive it?
“I attended HACC (Harrisburg Area Community College) and obtained an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts.”
How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?
“It was trade specific training for something I wanted to do as a career and it was a lot more one on one instructor time.”
How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry?
“The equipment is newer and improved, and some new techniques.”
What is your favorite memory from your time at CPAVTS?
“Competing in Skills USA competitions for Culinary Arts.”