The Community Culinary School of Charlotte is closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Mecklenburg County Health Department regarding the developing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The CCSC Team is meeting as needed, to review ongoing plans that ensure the safety of our students, staff, and supporters.

Please visit the Mecklenburg County Health Department’s website for the latest information on Coronavirus in Mecklenburg County.

CCSC will continue to post updates as new information is available. Thank You for your continued support of the CCSC Mission and Training programs.

Culinary Blessings for All – Chef Ron


Our Café is open for TAKEOUT ONLY, offering curbside service, from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm Monday – Friday. We want to serve you, so call us at 704-375-4500 to place your order.

Fried Chicken Sammie

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CCSC Workforce Development Training  – increasing upward mobility through stable employment

Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) is a non-profit organization that provides workforce training and job placement assistance in the food service industry for adults who face barriers to successful employment.

998 graduates since 1997

“Serving More Than An Appetite”



Founded in 1997, Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) provides Workforce Development training and job placement assistance for adults who face barriers gaining and maintaining successful employment. Our training provides a solution to achieve social and economic objectives – breaking the cycle of poverty while increasing upward mobility of disadvantaged groups. We do more than hand someone a fish – we teach students how to clean, cook and sell fish!

CCSC’s holistic program addresses the whole person – mind and body. CCSC is the only workforce program in Mecklenburg County incorporating Culinary Arts, Job-Readiness skills, and Life Counseling into its curriculum. Having a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor on staff is a powerful tool that contributes to our recovering students’ successful transitions.

Encore Catering, a division of CCSC, and our Café serve dual purposes: to give training and experience to our students/alumni and to generate revenue for the School’s Workforce program. CCSC also offers Chef’s Table dining, Team Building activities and public cooking classes.

By graduation, CCSC’s objective is that students have living wage jobs with career potential, and that our training provided each student with the skills, tools, mind-set and opportunity to thrive.

CCSC has been providing Workforce Development Training for over 22 years, with 998 graduates to date! We hope you will stop by to meet our students, enjoy a meal in our Café, and see Workforce Development in action.

Alumni Chef Willie prepares meals to help CCSC’s students and alumni through this difficult time.

– Chef Ron Ahlert, Executive Director

Chef Ron, with Class 62, was honored by the CRVA’s Outstanding Ambassador award 2019

Encore Catering gives students and alumni real work experience and a paycheck.