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POWELL, Wyo. - Seven students celebrated completion of Northwest College’s Food and Hospitality Ambassador Training program Monday at the NWC Cody Center for Training and Development (CTD).
Celebrating completion of the program are students (l-r) Susan Sales, Greybull; Martha Miner, Basin; Jo-Ann Marquis, Powell; Stephanie Miner (honorary attendee), Basin; James Carris, Cody; Bobby Long, Meeteetse; Susan Cory, Cody; Josh Hebert, Cody; and David Koch, Biblio Bistro and Park County food and beverage manager.
The 56-hour training program included 26 hours of hands-on practicum, according to NWC Training and Development Coordinator Kathy Crookshanks.
“The practicum included many aspects of working in a restaurant, ServSafe certification, customer service and tourism,” Crookshanks said. “Positive comments from students about their practical experience were strong indicators of the program’s value to them.”
After working in different kitchens in Cody as part of the class, Cory said that before the program started that she “hadn’t realized the importance of the way a kitchen is set up.”
“I learned an awful lot about Cody,” said Marquis, who also echoed other students’ comments that “the exposure to working in different kitchens was valuable.”
ServSafe certification was an important component for students in the program, according to Hebert.
In lieu of setting up a final event to show off their skills and knowledge, students were given the opportunity to assist at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center’s “Splendid Heritage Perspectives on American Indian Art” a late April event for BBHC patrons.
The Food and Hospitality Ambassador Training program was provided through a partnership among NWC CTD, Biblio Bistro, Park County Library, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, The Terrace Restaurant, Cowtown Candy, Peter's Café, Buffalo Bill Dam, Cody Trolley and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.