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RCC Culinary Student Takes Top Award in State

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Riverside City College Culinary Academy student Kanisha Neal took home the gold medal in the State Skills USA Baking competition and placed among the top 10 student bakers in the nation this year.

Neal maintains a 3.9 GPA in her regular college work, while working 20 hours a week as an office assistant at the RCCD Moreno Valley Campus. She recently graduated from the Culinary Academy and plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition after transferring to either Cal State San Bernardino or Cal Poly Pomona.

The 2008-09 recipient of an Athena scholarship likens herself to her award-winning Artesian Sourdough Bread recipe.

“Artesian Sour Dough Bread is very hard to make,” she said. “There are a lot of ingredients and careful preparation is needed to achieve the perfect loaf.” Neal approaches her academic goals in the same way: gather your resources, prepare a plan, and then commit and work hard to achieve your desired result.

Neal is one of more than 12,800 students who take classes each semester in one of the 130 career tech programs offered on RCCD campuses. A number of these students complete their certificates or associate degrees and, like Neal, choose to continue on to earn an advance degree.

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