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Before that, he worked as a line cook for an upscale burger joint, a job he found both challenging and enjoyable. But, that was about 8 years ago, not exactly current. And jobs for other things he's qualified for, like janitorial positions, aren't that easy to find either.
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We've now filled out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and a fee waiver for the college in question. He's slated to register for summer classes in another week, starting with
Sanitation & Safety, a Culinary Arts Survey, and Knife Skills. In the future, he'll be taking classes in pastry, professional cooking basics, and he'll have to work in the culinary cafe for part of his certificate.
I haven't seen him so excited about learning anything since... well, never. He realizes that while some of what they teach him will be review, he'll also be learning a lot of new skills. And for him, this would be a career, not just a job, if you know what I mean. The same reason I am going through grad school... I want a career, since I have to work. Not just a job.
Now we just have to jump all the little hurdles of the Employment Development Department... more paperwork, maybe a phone interview, and so forth. So wish us luck!