From Culinary Arts to Dietary Tech… Emily had other Plans to Work in this Industry

Emily Hunter is a 2015 Culinary Arts graduate from Hopewell School District who had other plans with her Culinary education she received from Mrs. Camille Stevenson, Culinary Arts Instructor, here at Beaver County CTC.

While Emily was a student of Mrs. Stevenson’s, she was an active student during class that included participating in the student organization, FCCLA. No surprise to anyone, she placed in her events during competitions. After graduation, she attended CCBC on a full scholarship for one year and for the next three years, attended CCAC‘s Dietetic Technician program. Her internships last summer were at West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Coraopolis  and at Heritage Valley Hospital. Currently, she is employed at Ohio Valley Hospital as the Hostess & Diet Clerk and graduates from CCAC’s program this Spring.

Emily states, “No one wants to be confined to a hospital but I want a patients’ stay to be more enjoyable and as pleasant as possible.  They should have the most positive experience they can and I hope I can provide that to them through dietary services. It’s the patients that keep me going!”

Ms. Hunter credits much of her success to Mrs. Stevenson and labeled her as her ‘the most beneficial teacher’.  Emily explained how attending the Culinary Arts program helped her as a whole because of the production, store room, purchasing, food safety and everything covered in that class.  Scoring Advanced on the NOCTI exam and passing her ServeSafe Certification was a huge help too.  Passing ServeSafe meant less education she needed to complete during college – a time and money saver. The Culinary Arts program as a whole, provided a platform for her to find her niche in the field.

Interested in Culinary Arts or any other CTC program at BCCTC? If so, Emily highly recommends touring and talking to the teachers.  She said, “The CTC offers a great experience during high school and helps you decide your career path. Think of it as ‘preparing for life’ and I am so glad I did. I love my job!”

Emily, soon-to-be, Emily Hunter, DTR, CDM, we wish you continued success in the industry. With your attitude, you will make your patients feel better about being in the hospital! Keep in touch!

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