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Student meets challenges head on to succeed in professional cooking

Angela Ettinger was able to secure a well-paying job at Houston Forest Products with the employment training skills and accompanying certificates she earned through a work experience program called Essential Youth Employability Skills  (EYES) that ran through NWCC in 2011 and 2012.  Unfortunately, four years later the company ceased operation and Angela needed to re-train. To maintain her income level Angela knew a trade would be ideal so she enrolled in the Professional Cook program at the Houston campus.

Angela is dyslexic and credits her success to the NWCC instructors and learning specialists that supported and encouraged her. “The reading was incredibly intimidating” she says, but with the aid of advanced software technology provided by NWCC which reads the text aloud, and a great deal of personal determination, Angela completed the Professional Cook 1 program with flying colours in 2015.

After graduation Angela relocated to Quesnel and worked at a popular food chain before making the move to a local pub. There she enjoys making fresh food and expanding her culinary repertoire. Her goal is to gain experience and perhaps go on to enrol in the Professional Cooking Level 2 program.  Angela notes, “wherever the future takes me, I know I can always fall back on the training I received through the EYES and the Professional Cook programs.  These have given me the confidence and financial security to make my own choices.”

As Sandi Lavallie, NWCC CCP instructor, puts it “Angela is one of those students who is a delight to teach. She is diligent, dedicated and always willing to take up a challenge, no matter what. Her positive ‘can do’ approach to life is something we can all learn from.”