NAIT graduations a family affair
For graduating NAIT student Tom Egan, retirement doesn’t mean slowing down. The 63-year old former civil servant is graduating this week from Culinary Arts and embarking on a new career as a chef.
“I’ve always enjoyed cooking and wanted a second career,” said Tom. “I wanted to get out and do something.”
His decision to attend NAIT for the training was a simple one to make. In fact, a NAIT education is a family tradition. Tom first graduated from NAIT in 1972 with a diploma in business management and three of his four children are alumni. His wife, Judy, is also an instructor at the institute.
“NAIT's Convocations have become quite the family affair,” said Judy, who teaches math in NAIT’s School of Information Communication and Engineering Technologies.
Tom retired from his human resources position with the Government of Alberta in 2010, after 33 years on the job. He completed NAIT’s Professional Meat Cutting and Merchandising program in 2011 and went on to Culinary Arts. He has already begun a mentorship program at the Edmonton Petroleum Club, where he is working alongside their chefs.
Tom’s oldest daughter, Erynn, earned a NAIT Business Administration diploma in 1999. His son, David, completed NAIT’s Chemical Technology program in 2008, and since graduating has earned his 3rd and 4th class Power Engineering certifications through NAIT correspondence courses. Finally, Tom’s youngest daughter, Meghan, completed her NAIT business diploma in 2010 and graduated from the institute’s Bachelor of Business Administration program last year.
NAIT's 50th Convocation is held on Friday, May 10 (6:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 11 (8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) at The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 - 87 Ave. More than 7,100 students will graduate this year. As a NAIT faculty member, Judy will be on the platform when Tom graduates at the Friday evening ceremony.
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NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year concludes its 50th anniversary celebrations.
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