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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Chelsea Covington

Student Chelsea Covington poses for a photo in the SCC culinary kitchens.You could say that for Culinary Arts student Chelsea Covington, Sandhills Community College is all in the family. Her grandmother graduated from the college, and her aunt, Madie Ashe, is a professor of Sociology. Chelsea is slated to graduate in May of 2020.

Originally from Rockingham, Chelsea was raised in Raleigh. Nine years ago, she returned to the area because she was able to obtain assistance raising her daughter. “I am a mother of a beautiful special needs daughter. Raising her is a full-time job along with school. I’m happy to be a part of a program that understands,” she said.

SCC helped Chelsea fund her way through the Culinary Arts program. She has been awarded two scholarships and also has received funds from the Guarantors Program, which provides tuition, books, and fees as well as other expenses that are critical to the students’ capacity to stay in school and succeed in their program of study.

Chelsea was previously in the Therapeutic Massage program student at Sandhills before starting the Culinary program. Although she loves massage therapy, she wanted to pursue her passion of cooking.

Chelsea says SCC stands out to her because of the warm and welcoming environment and the helpful staff paired with a great education.”

Her favorite class thus far is Global Cuisines. “I would love to travel the world and learn about food and indigenous cooking techniques from different countries. Global Cuisines has given me a taste of such travels.”

“My professors are very diverse and thoroughly experienced within the trade. Anything you would like to learn in the culinary industry – they know it!” Chelsea wants the public to know you can get exceptional training at a community college. “Not only are the professors well-traveled, but are from other countries and cultural cuisine backgrounds. I like that I have a Culinary Arts professor who looks like me, Chef Webb. It’s very inspiring to have ‘Black Girl Magic’ in the kitchen. All of the chefs are admirable, but Chef Webb gives me someone special to look up to. If she can do it I can, too.”

We’re looking forward to seeing what future Chelsea cooks up for herself.

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