WCCC’s Culinary Major To Continue Career At CIA  

By Zack Martino
When September rolls around, it’ll be a special time for Warren County Community College student Michelle Bodyl..On Sept. 11, Bodyl will join an exclusive club when she begins studying at the Culinary Institute of America. Bodyl will be the first graduate of WCCC’s Culinary Arts program to attend the prestigious institution in New Hyde, New York.  Bodyl, who lives in Washington, will be going for a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Business Management. While this program normally takes four years to complete, her pre-existing credits from WCCC will allow her to have a shorter tenure than most. 

“This is an amazing opportunity for Michelle,” said Dr. Will Austin, President of WCCC. “We are incredibly proud of her as not everyone is accepted into CIA. You’ve really got to have the track record first.”

Food is something Bodyl has been interested in since learning at a young from her grandmother. To her, it’s about more than just eating it. 

Making food is not just about the end result; it is about the work you put into it, the love, the warmth it brings to those who are there with you,” she said. “Food is a language of its own, and it is spoken by everyone.” 

Being accepted to CIA is a great start for those wishing to pursue a career in the culinary industry and will help those who attend accomplish what they set out to do. 

My ultimate goal in the industry is to work for a large hotel or resort chain and become a Catering or Food Director,” Bodyl said.  

Bodyl has yet to declare a specific concentration for her major, however she indicated that she is interested in farm-to-table.  

The graduation ceremony for WCCC will take place Saturday May 19. Less than two months later, Bodyl’s food career takes a giant leap.

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