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Reynolds receives $250,000 grant from Dominion Energy to support culinary and workforce education opportunities in Richmond’s East End

RICHMOND, Va. (May 15, 2018) – Reynolds Community College has received a $250,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to support need-based scholarships for residents of Richmond’s East End community.

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Positively Richmond

Positively Richmond: Development changes the landscape of Church Hill

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A bulldozer moves loudly across the construction site. It is the sound of progress in Church Hill. A mixed-use community is going up at North 25th Street and Nine Mile Road.

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2018 Elby Culinary Students of the Year

2018 Elby Culinary Students of the Year

Caroline Horiuchi
Elby Student of the Year Award Winner Caroline Horiuchi loves all things “bread”, credits her mom for being the inspiration behind her desire to cook, is truly grateful for her Reynolds culinary family (her harshest critics, but strongest support), and says being in the culinary program has been “amazing.” Caroline talks about her culinary adventure.

Denton Taylor
Elby Student of the Year Award Winner Denton Taylor fell in love with cooking when he had to cook for himself, loves learning about the culinary industry, wants to open a Gastro Pub, and has this to say about the future of the Reynolds Culinary Program: “The program is in goods hands with Chef Jesse Miller there to lead and there is no ceiling on how great he and the program will be”. Denton talks about his culinary adventure.

Reynolds Culinary Students in Action

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of a large event or dinner? How about a culinary classroom?

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Capital One

Reynolds receives $100,000 Capital One grant to assist in aiding Richmond’s East End workforce opportunities

Reynolds Community College has received a $100,000 grant from Capital One to bring more workforce opportunities, especially in culinary arts and hospitality, to Richmond's East End

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VCU Brand Center

VCU Brand Center

How can RVA gain national attention through Reynolds’ innovative culinary instruction? And, how should this project give voice to the community it serves? Reynolds is honored to have graduate students from the award-winning VCU Brandcenter developing a brand strategy for the college’s East End footprint. The project’s new brand identity will be revealed in the coming months!

Culinary Project Renderings

Culinary Project Renderings

The state-of-the-art space will feature teaching kitchens, lecture classrooms, and a demonstration kitchen where locally-renowned chefs can share their knowledge with students and the public.

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East End Project Team

East End Project

Town Hall at Mt. Olivet Church, April 2017: Reynolds President Dr. Gary Rhodes, 7th District Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, and 71st District Delegate Jeff Bourne.

In a series of community conversations, support from residents was high for greater access to academic and career pathways resulting from Reynolds’ presence in Church Hill. By becoming an anchor tenant in a new development at 25th and Nine Mile Road – a site that also features a full-service grocery store and affordable apartments – the college brings critical workforce training to a historically under-resourced community in Richmond.