THEY’D LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY: Local hospitality workers prepare for careers at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas
On a recent weekday morning, inside a big, rust-colored building in North Las Vegas, about a dozen students are training for one of the most in-demand jobs in the valley.
They make and remake beds, fold towels, vacuum carpets and scrub bathrooms. They meet in “classrooms” designed to look like hotel suites and named for properties, miles away on the glamorous Las Vegas Strip, in which they hope to soon be employed — MGM, Caesars, Tropicana and Bellagio among them.
Landing these jobs shouldn’t be a problem.
“Our students, they come over here and within four days they already have jobs waiting for them,” says Nancy Cor, senior housekeeping instructor for the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. “We train them to be successful.”
Perhaps many locals, those who work in the tourist corridor and those who don’t, only visit the Las Vegas Strip for fun when they’re escorting out-of-town friends and family. And perhaps the Strat tower that has been a landmark for the valley’s motorists before GPS and an internationally recognized icon since 1996 isn’t front-of-mind when designing an itinerary.
Chris Fiumara, The Strat’s vice president and general manager since 2017, recognizes the challenge. He knows it will take work to attract and engage locals to the north end of the Strip to come for the view, engage and stay for all the other amenities the resort offers.
A long-ago revolt’s legacy has yielded a reason for revelry. Mexican Independence Day, Sept. 16, marks the moment in 1810 when Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, aka Father Hidalgo, called for Mexicans to enter armed battle to end three centuries of Spanish rule. Events including many concerts by top Latino singers and musicians, will enable a weekend of proper celebration throughout the Las Vegas Valley.