Alyssa Empey sees a future for herself in the wide and diverse global cooking industry.
Empey, a Grade 11 student in the learning alternative program at Nanaimo District Secondary School, was one of many people from the region who attended the Discover Trades event at Vancouver Island University's Nanaimo campus Friday, part of the university's campus-wide open house held during the day She said that she always had an interest in the culinary arts and plans to train at VIU's popular program next year as part of a trades-trading initiative offered through the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district and VIU.
Dual credit programs are offered jointly by VIU and school districts to allow students to complete high school graduation requirements and an entry-level trades course at the same time.
"I've always been good in the kitchen and I'm really impressed with what I've seen during the tour of VIU's kitchens, so I'm pretty excited to begin the program next year," Empey said.
"I really like to travel and I think becoming a certified cook will open all kinds of opportunities, because cooks are always wanted everywhere around the world."
Parents, teachers, students and anyone else in the community interested in trades-training programs and job opportunities were invited to attend VIU's open house, which included tours of VIU's extensive trades facilities and discussions with instructors.
Glynis Steen, VIU's associate dean of trades and applied technology, said the open house provided great opportunities for the public to see VIU's facilities and talk to students and instructors in welding, carpentry, automotive, professional baking, culinary arts, hairdressing, electrical programs and other trades programs.
The event also included behind-the-scenes tours of VIU's fisheries and aquaculture facilities, the new international sturgeon centre and the theatre department.
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