MCC Culinary students shine, one a high school student

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The Mohave Community College Culinary Arts students recently held another very successful semi-annual dinner for culinary industry leaders and educators.

The guest list included chefs, along with food and beverage industry managers in the tri-state region.

“We have a lot of graduates who work locally, including in many of the casinos in Laughlin,” said MCC Culinary Arts Instructor Cindy Tonielli.  “And dinners like this one are a great way to let people see what our students are capable of doing – and we never seem to have any problems finding careers for our graduates.”

One of the college students who helped prepare, serve and clean up after the meal is Alexandra “Alex” Clark, a Mohave High School senior who will participate in the MCC Commencement Ceremony on May 10, one week before she graduates high school.

“It’s amazing to be able to do this while in high school, I mean it’s been a lot of work, but it’s worth it and I plan to continue on with my culinary education after this,” said the high school senior who is earning her college certificate in Baking and Pastry.

She wants to eventually land a career in the culinary/hospitality industry and said the college is setting her on a path to achieve her dream. 

“The skills I’m learning right now and seeing what else is out there for me to learn, it’s really great,” she said. “Here at MCC I’m learning the things that top chefs are doing in some of the best restaurants, and when I’m ready I know I’ll be able to work almost anywhere.”  

Clark said another driving force that compelled her to want to complete her college certificate is her older sister, who will also be graduating from MCC on May 10 with a degree in dental hygiene. 

If you would like to learn more about earning free college credits while in high school, contact one of the college Admissions Specialists and ask about Dual Enrollment and WAVE.