NORFOLK, Va. - Tidewater Community College is taking action for its students while concerns over the coronavirus continue.
TCC officials say culinary arts students have been learning remotely since March 23, with teachers recording both lecture and labs.
The classes are taught by Chef Carolyn Blackmon, Chef Amie Burn and Chef Deanna Freridge.
Friday, they let News 3 join in on their group chat via Zoom. Teachers, students and administrators talked about what the process has been like since the changes have been implemented.
School officials say TCC’s chefs and staff shopped for and packed all of the ingredients students would need to begin cooking for their classes at home.
Earlier this week, students stopped by the school to pick up the ingredients.
They said the student chefs are able to continue working toward their degrees and feed their families during this challenging time.
Class is held remotely: Teachers take video of their lectures, then students take video of themselves at home completing their assignments. The students then submit their videos to the teachers for a grade.
“Students are learning to innovate by working in their kitchens and they have to use critical thinking skills and creativity to get everything done,” said Dean Nancy Prather Johnson. “I’m very impressed with how everyone has pulled together.”