Summer camp inspires career path for Baking grad
A summer camp experience at NAIT in 2007 is what inspired Nicole Ness to pursue a career in baking. She was just 13 years old when her mom enrolled her in the Mini Bakers camp, which teaches kids eight to 16 how to make a variety of creative bakery products.
“I didn’t really know what I was getting into,” said Ness, now 19. Looking back, she recalls the camp as being the “coolest thing ever.”
So cool, in fact, that it inspired her to take cooking and baking classes in high school, and later enrol in NAIT’s one-year Baking program. For the past year, Ness has taken classes in the same NAIT kitchens she was first introduced to as a teen in summer camp.
Ness graduates this week – one of more than 5,200 NAIT students completing their programs.
She credits her summer camp instructor, Alan Dumonceaux, chair of NAIT’s Baking program, with influencing her career path. After convocation, Ness plans to work in a bakery for a while, before returning to school to become a teacher herself. The Edmontonian wants to someday teach culinary courses at the high school level.
“It all started years ago, taking that class with Alan,” said Ness.
NAIT's 51st Convocation is held on Friday, May 2 (6:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 3 (8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) at The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 - 87 Ave. Ness will cross the stage at the Friday evening ceremony.
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