“Branford Hall gave me the education I needed to begin my quest for a new career in a field I love. I am so thankful.”
Ronnie Williams has been interested in cooking every since he was a little child. “I loved watching Julia Child on television,” he explains, “That’s when I got hooked and caught the cooking bug.”
As a veteran, Ronnie was eligible for a vocational-rehab program offered by the Veterans’ Administration, which would help him get the education he needed to start a new career. He realized this was his chance to start a career that he truly loved. “It was time to follow my heart, and when I got the chance to enroll in Branford Hall’s culinary arts program, I jumped on it,” says Ronnie.
Ronnie was happy with his decision from the very beginning. “I was so impressed with Branford Hall. I have never been in a place where everyone is so happy to see you. Some schools might treat you like just a number, but Branford Hall isn’t like that. Everyone feels like family,” Ronnie remembers.
The culinary arts program at Branford Hall provided Ronnie with the skills, support, and knowledge he needed to get started on his new path in life. He was impressed with the instructors, especially by the love they have for the field of culinary arts. “At Branford Hall, I got a lot of one-on-one time with the chefs. Bigger schools may not be able to offer that, but I actually got to sit down and learn each step with a chef right by my side.”
“One thing I have learned is that you should follow your passion,” Ronnie says, “I am 46 years old, and cooking is something that I have always wanted to do. I wish I had pursued this education when I finished my time in the military 19 years ago.”
At the time this success story was written, Ronnie was working at Reed’s Landing in Springfield, MA. At this retirement community, Ronnie worked with an executive chef, a food director, and two sous chefs preparing meals for residents. Ronnie said, “I am learning new things every day, and after several weeks on the job, I was given even more responsibilities.” He continued, “And I don’t even look at my job as work. I am having fun every day. It is great to love your job as much as I do.”
What Ronnie says about Branford Hall: “Branford Hall gave me the education I needed to begin my quest for a new career in a field I love. I am so thankful.”