Shortly after dropping out of high school, he began working at an Italian restaurant in Madison’s downtown area and was hired as a dishwasher. Working in the kitchen, he began to take notice of the head chef and fell in love with cooking. He has now worked at the same restaurant for over 4 years and notes how supportive his employer was when he decided to go back to school.
In his application essay, he wrote, “thinking about what I can become once I set all of my goals and accomplish them is a very good feeling. With this second chance I can finally say ‘I did it, I got my diploma.’ That’s something I would like to do and make my parents proud of what I have accomplished here and what I yet have to accomplish further on.” His perseverance is testimony that hard work really does pay off. He worked tirelessly to complete assignments, even during spring break week, to ensure that he didn’t fall behind while holding his job in the food service industry.
Jose was one of the five graduates who participated in the college’s first Gateway to College graduation celebration. His family cheered him on as he walked the stage and received his high school diploma. He has been accepted to Madison College’s Culinary Arts program and will begin in the fall to fulfill his dream of becoming a chef.
Number of high school credits needed at entry: 10
Number of college credits earned: 8
Current college GPA: 3.33
Estimated time working in food service: 4+ yrs
Admitted to the Culinary Arts Program