After completing a professional certificate program with our College and starting successful careers, some of our graduates have returned to the classroom to teach the next crop of professionals. Jana Jenkins and Spencer Barnett share their experiences from students to teachers.
Jana Jenkins: Lean Six Sigma
A scholarship brought Jana Jenkins to our Project Management course. In 2014, Jana said, “I know getting this [PMP] certification will further my career, opening up opportunities for positions I may not have been qualified for. Offering scholarships for these types of classes allows seasoned professionals to continue their education and be productive in the workforce.”
In addition to her position as a Lean Six Sigma leader with WellStar Health Systems, Jana now teaches Lean Six Sigma for our College.
She said, “Anyone can take the classes, even if you have been exposed to very minimal math. Lean Six Sigma is great for college students starting out in the workplace, seasoned professionals who want to continue their education and business owners who need to become more competitive. If you’re currently between jobs, this can be a great addition to your résumé.”
Spencer Barnett: Culinary Apprenticeship
This 2012 Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate graduate has worked in restaurants such as Elevation Chophouse and Moore’s Gourmet Market. He recently joined the ranks as an assistant instructor in the Culinary program and teaches with his mentor Chef Rich Bradshaw.
“Receiving my certificate from KSU’s Culinary Apprenticeship program has prepared me to work in the culinary field and inspired me to give back the knowledge and techniques I’ve learned,” Spencer said. “I feel grateful in how far I have come in my culinary career and for being able to prepare aspiring chefs for their future.”