Each winter and spring, the Cascade Culinary Institute at Central Oregon Community College offers hands-on classes where students learn how to run the Elevation restaurant located on campus. Since last spring, when schools closed and the restaurant lockdown/restrictions began, Elevation has not been able to open as it has in the past. Still, the culinary program leaders have developed creative solutions to hold classes and partially open the restaurant.

The public-interfacing experience is essential to accreditation at the Institute. I spoke with the new chair of the culinary program, Wayne Yeatman, who started in fall 2020 when Thor Erickson completed his four years in the position.

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