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Cassy Sabatini turned four Columbus State classes into a job promotion. How’s that for efficient?
Columbus State’s new School Foodservice Manager certificate was instrumental in helping Cassy Sabatini move into a new job—and provide better nutrition for students at Big Walnut Local Schools.
The certificate qualified Sabatini to become food service director at the district, after serving as head cook for several years. Before Big Walnut’s former food service director retired, she advised Sabatini to go into the program. Sabatini started her new job Feb. 1.
“I really liked it. It gave me a lot of valuable knowledge,” Sabatini said. “It helped me pursue a food service director position, which I now have.”
The certificate covers four classes: Hospitality Sanitation, Introduction to School Foodservice, School Nutrition & Menu Planning, and Human Resources. She also got an in-depth education in nutrition and menu planning. Even before she finished the certificate, Sabatini said it helped her to be more conscientious about the food she prepared as head cook.
The learning didn’t stop when the program ended. The contacts she made in the program are helping her stay on top of new school nutrition guidelines that are coming down from the state and federal governments. She stays in touch with professors from the program, and she met food service directors from New Albany and Liberty Union with whom she can exchange notes.
Going to college for the first time at age 48 was nerve-wracking, but Sabatini says it was worth it.
“It was overwhelming at first, but it was exciting to learn new information—and grow!” Sabatini says.
The School Foodservice program is part of Columbus State’s Hospitality Management department, which offers associate degrees and certificates such as Dietetic Technician, Restaurant and Foodservice Management, Hotel Management, and Chef Apprentice.