Education is the cornerstone of success
August, 2016 · By Coryanne Ettiene
A few years ago I was asked to speak at a culinary arts school about non traditional culinary careers. It was the first time I had ever stepped foot into a culinary college and I was nervous about my lack of culinary training. Despite building a career as a food writer, my only culinary training had come from my kitchen, and from the chefs I’ve been lucky enough to work with over the years. And whilst I walked into that classroom nervous, I walked out motivated by the students in the room and their passion for building a career in the culinary arts. So when Dallas Community Colleges asked me to share my journey of chasing my dream, I jumped at the chance because I knew it would give me a chance to reflect on my achievments and the opportunity to dream bigger.
I still remember the first college class I ever took, it was a community college class in radio. I had no idea what I would do with a class in radio but I knew it sparked an interest. The lessons I learned in that classroom set me in good standing for so many life experiences since then. Fast forward 25 years later, I am still grateful to that radio teacher who taught me how to exercise my voice and hide my nerves on air. From that radio class I went off to university both in the US and abroad earning my Master of Philosophy from Kings. None of which would ever have been possible without my time at a community college — yes the education is important, but really, what makes a community college so vibrant is the diversity of students. Everyone is chasing a dream, everyone wants a job at the end of the journey and everyone is at a different place in their lives making the journey both a great lesson in humanity but also in your chosen carrier path.
Looking at the students who attend Dallas Community Colleges, and the long list of success stories that fill their online pages is a testament to their mission of offering higher education that actually gets you hired; especially when you look at their Food and Hospitality Department. From line cooks, to R&D professionals to restauranteurs, the alumni and students at Dallas Community Colleges are chasing their dreams. Everyone who enrolls in Dallas Community College takes that same daring leap of faith to chase their dreams and applies that same conviction to make their dreams a reality. I know, because I took that leap once myself. Education is the cornerstone of success; whether it is climbing the corporate ladder, or carving out a path as an entrepreneur, receiving an education is the key to success. I’ve gone down both roads and neither would have been possible without an education.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dallas County Community College District. The opinions and text are all mine.