James Hernandez, otherwise known as “Jay” is the Senior Meat Cutting Instructor at Gateway Community College's Central City Campus. He completed his Vocational Skills Training in 2002. Upon completion, he went on to work for Safeway for 13 years where he gained his Journeymanship and became a Meat Manager and Master Butcher. Throughout his time at Safeway, he worked closely with the program, hiring and training countless students. In 2013, he began substituting for the program and in 2014 came on as an Associate Instructor and later the filled Senior Instructor position. He continues to lead the program and legacy that has been a pillar within the valley for over 50 years.