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Article via Oly Arts
By Ned Hayes
South Puget Sound Community College might seem an unusual place to find a five-course, wine-paired dinner. Yet the SPSCC culinary arts team is determined to turn its Percival Restaurant location into a desired destination for discriminating diners.
The Culinary Arts program received a perfect score at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) accreditation visit on April 24 – 26, 2018. ACF evaluators noted zero areas of non-compliance with ACF policies and procedures. They also noted the program's culture of camaraderie, professionalism, alignment with current industry trends, and industry impact. The program was granted a five-year certification, the longest certification offered to programs with zero points of non-compliance.
Jayda has always known that she has an analytical mind. She also wants to serve those around her. That’s why she worked in various clerical roles for state agencies, supporting teams and getting behind the mission of each agency. But it wasn’t until 2004, when she started in the Office of Financial Management, that Jayda found her calling in state accounting.
Randy knew what he wanted to do right after high school. He spent his childhood exploring technology with influence from his father, a communications specialist in the Special Forces. When his father decided to start his own telecommunications business, Randy wanted to get involved. First, though, his father asked that he earn an associate degree before coming to work for him.
Brad Thompson and Marilyn Hartley have a lot in common, including their love for culinary arts and the fact that they both serve in chef roles at Our Table restaurant in Olympia. What else? Both Brad and Marilyn chose to build their culinary education at SPSCC after researching many other options. Their local education was the perfect step to creating a locally sourced restaurant in downtown Olympia that has the community buzzing.
Jamie Jo’s charisma, drive, and positive attitude make her the perfect fit for a high school classroom. That’s why it’s no surprise that her journey through college ended up bringing her back to the high school classroom.