Nope, no cooking or tasting meat. It is a primarily vegan curriculum, with some totally optional fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy. (Though hardly any dairy at all.) During one week, they teach all the people who want to know all the fish/chicken stuff, so the veg folks get a week off.
Thanks guys!! It's nice to have the encouragement.
rainbow_clouds, it will be a career...there's no WAY I would spend this sum of money on something that won't eventually make me money Culinary school is really expensive.
runtypig, it's not a degree program--you get a certificate, but it's a 4.5 month intensive with an internship rather than a college (I've already been through college.) Afterward, I want to do personal chef work for people with special dietary needs, like severe allergy sufferers or the immunosuppressed. Maybe some small-scale catering as well.