VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – They’ve handed out burgers, sandwiches, wraps and tacos — and now one of the city’s food trucks will be handing out diplomas.

Camosun College has added a food truck to the curriculum of its culinary arts program and this spring will be slinging hash, grilling cheese and flipping students a side of life experience on their way to working in kitchens around the region.

“The idea of a food truck has been in the cards for a few years now, and I just happened to be at the right place at the right time with the right person to get us to the point where the institution was prepared to put money on the table to make it happen,” said Steve Walker-Duncan, chairman of the culinary arts department at Camosun.

The school is treating it as an inter-disciplinary teaching opportunity, as the truck will pass through several departments before it serves food to students on campus.

The automotive shop tested the second-hand food truck’s road worthiness and worked on the vehicle itself, as did pipe fitters, sheet-metal students, welders and electricians.

The group gutted what had been a rolling kitchen, used mainly for fish and chips in a past life, and installed a new one that will allow for a broader menu.

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