After Brittany Robinson completed the Culinary Arts Specialist Training Program at the New Community Workforce Development Center, she was ready to land a job.
What Robinson discovered was that her newly completed training and certification propelled her beyond the entry level job that she applied for and took her career to the next level.
On May 1, Robinson started working for Aramark Food Service as a manager.
“Brittany interviewed for an entry level position with Aramark, but was offered a manager’s role because of her work experience and ServSafe certification,” said Rodney Brutton, director of Workforce Development at New Community.
Robinson works for Aramark at Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny, where she is in a position to interview, recommend and hire other staff, Brutton said.
“When I came to New Community, they helped me tremendously,” Robinson, 24, of Newark, said. “It’s been a very exciting journey,” she added.
Starting at age 12, Robinson began cooking for her father, who had a strict diet due to health issues. He has since passed away. “Being a diabetic and having high blood pressure, you can’t eat so many things with high sodium,” she said.
Robinson credited Brutton and Sadrud-Din Shah, the Culinary Arts instructor, for helping her succeed. “There were times I wanted to give up and I wasn’t giving my all, but they kept encouraging me,” she said.
In addition to completing the Culinary Arts Specialist program, Robinson earned her high school diploma at NCC through the Academic Enrichment for Older Youth Program. “When I came to New Community, they helped me tremendously,” Robinson said. “It’s been a godsend.”