Luke VanDop, Instructor

Hello my name is Luke VanDop.

I have been working in the Hospitality Cluster since 1994. During that time I have been in involved in SkillsUSA as an advisor.

Special professional interests

I worked for several years in industry prior to teaching. Currently I am a Joint Owner of Absolute Catering and a Manager at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

My favorite thing about being a teacher

The best part of being an Instructor is watching kids realize success through hard work and perseverance. I also enjoy observing students who would otherwise not have gone on to post-secondary (college) education realize that they can do it and then make the most of the opportunity.

My favorite thing about KCTC

My favorite thing about KC/TC is the outstanding staff that I work with everyday and the dedication they demonstrate to help students realize success both during and after their time with us. The best reward is the student who returns and tells their personal story of success.


Master's Degree, Michigan State University

Bachelor's Degree, Ferris State University

Associates Degree, Culinary Arts, GRCC

Continuing Education credits through Spring Arbor Univeristy and SUNY, Cobleskill, NY


If you have any questions about the program please e-mail me at