Student Spotlight: Tiffany Scott, Culinary Arts Program

Tiffany Scott - PolaroidName: Tiffany Scott
District Program:Culinary Arts

Future Aspirations: To become a top chef and own my own café/restaurant with my mom that serves lunch and dinner.  My mom will do the baking, and we will have art for sale…kind of like a bistro.  My mom does stain glass so she will showcase her work. 

Tiffany Scott is a Grade 12 Clayton Heights student who is entering the District Career Program for culinary arts.  We recently sat down and had a Q & A period.



What made you choose the Culinary Arts District Partnership Program?

I heard about it over announcements so I went to the counsellors’ office and saw the book in the waiting area.  I love cooking so I came down to the Careers Ed. office to talk to Mr. Fisher who told me about the program and he gave me the application form.  I did a summer course at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts 2 summers ago and I wanted to learn more.

What does your district program entail?

In second semester I go to my first day at Tamanawis and then the next day I start my courses, we work in the cafeteria and feed the school students and do catering. All day was spent  just cooking and doing some book work.  The last month of the course you go to VCC and at the end you write exam for the Professional Cook 1 Certificate. And the next year you can go into the Professional Cook 2.

How has high school helped inform your career or academic goals?

It helped me realize that you have to be disciplined to stay on top of everything so that you don’t fall behind.  It has given me a jump start for going to college and  life after school.

Do you have a favourite class and/or instructor? Why?

Favourite class was peer tutoring, Ms. Montgomery’s BASES class was very inspiring.  Being with those students and getting to know them was very special to me.

What made you choose Culinary Arts Program?

I have a passion for cooking, and the free first year of college is a big help.  When VCC came to our school I spoke to them and she helped answer all my questions

What does it feel like to be graduating early?

I’m going to miss my friends, seeing them every day.  You don’t realize how fast 5 years are going to go, suddenly I’m graduating.  It hasn’t sunk in yet, when I come back for grad and commencement then …

What was the application process like?

It involves formal interviews, application forms to be filled out, etc. …like you would going to college.

What do you think will be your favourite part of the program?

To learn new things about cooking. I know a lot but I want to learn more.  Meeting new people and making connections for my future. 

What are your short term and long term goals?

Continuing on in college; also moving out closer to the college & sharing with  roommates, and eventually …finding my independence.

Who in your life has most influenced you?

That’s a hard one, I honestly cannot narrow it down to 1.  My 2 best friends and my teachers really helped me get on the right path, who I am and who I want to be.  But my Mom has been my biggest champion…telling me you can do what you put your mind to.  Be yourself.  She empowered me.

What would you tell someone who is looking at going into a District Partnership Program?

I would tell them to go for it, even if you don’t get in, you can always try again the following year.  Everyone I talk to who’s going into the program is so excited.  And will be a step ahead of everyone else

It sounds like you are on your way to a very successful career Tiffany, we are so proud of you!  

Thank you for sharing this information.  Please  keep in touch! 

Thank you for this interview.       Mr. N. Fisher, Career Facilitator & Ms. Vandas

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars


Feb 8  _   Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine’s FREE Information Seminar on Saturday, February 8, 2014                 EVENT INFORMATION & REGISTRATION ::

Feb 16 – SFU Supertour, Burnaby campus

Feb 19 – Science Open House Night at Thompson Rivers UniversityShows will, hands-on exhibits and much more. This event is perfect for kids of all

Feb 26 – Explore Capilano Information Night

Feb 26 – Corpus Christi Preview Night, located on the UBC Endowment Lands.

Feb 27 – BCIT Big Info Session and Program Expo

Mar 2 – Kwantlen Polytechnical University Big Open House

Mar 5 – Study and Go Abroad Fair, Vancouver Convention Centre, 3 – 7

Mar 7 –   Kwantlen Cloverdale Trades Campus  Skills Regional Contests

Scholarship Deadlines in Feb

Don’t delay applying for your scholarship. piggy-bank-college-books

The following are some of the scholarships that have a deadline coming up soon.

Since things can often change make sure you double check

the information on the sponsor’s website provided below!

Feb 8 – $500 Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Award.  Contribute to environmental stewardship. Show leadership in conservation and intend to pursue a related field of study

Feb 10 – 4 x $10,000 Min. cumulative GPA equivalent to 70% average. Two essay questions detailing community/environmental issue involvement

Feb 14 – 5 x $500 Exemplary citizenship/contributions to school and community.

Feb 15 – 1,000 to 10,000 Multiple awards, but all require participation in JA programs . JA COMPANY meetings are held @ Surrey SD Educ Centre. See Career Centre for more information

Feb 15 – 3 x $1000 Applicant must be either hard of hearing, deafened or oral deaf.

Feb 20 – $500 Must be active member of Girl Guides of Canada and for preceding 3 years. Show a commitment to service in school/community

Feb 22 – Gala Award Ceremony
Youth: inspirational achievements in overcoming injury, illness, addiction or social adversity & gives back to community

Feb 22 – $2,000 students need to participate. Must be registered in STEM program/Digital Arts & Media Design or Business Entrepreneurship

Feb 25  – Must be registered for a minumum of 12 credits for both the fall and spring semesters.

Feb 28 – $1,000 $2,000Close relative must be a member. Letter to prove relationship. Requires grades of C or better and an essay.

Feb 28 – $1,000 $34,000  Deadline for Major Entrance and Entrance Scholarships

Feb 28 – $500 $5,000 Supporting the advancement of women in hospitality and culinary fields. $30 non-refundable processing fee

Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship

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Provided by: The Canucks for Kids Fund
Application deadline: March 15 in the year of graduation
Number available: 4
Amount: $2, 500.00
Type of Award: Entrance Scholarship
Renewable: No
Level of Study: First year of post secondary education
Field(s) of Study: Any
Year of Study: First year
Course Load: Full-time
Region of Study: Anywhere
Region of Residence: British Columbia
Academic Standing: 75%
Activities: Leadership in both in-school and extra-curricular community service
Financial Need: Yes

Application Requirements:

  • 600 word double spaced essay describing applicant’s community involvement, highlighting great achievement(s)
  • A letter of reference describing the impact of his/her involvement Up to date copy of high school transcript

Eligibility Guidelines:

  • Applicants: must have participated in a leadership role in community and school service work or volunteer activities
  • Must have a cumulative high school grade point percentage of at least 75% must reside within the province of British Columbia
  • Must plan to enroll, for the first time, beginning in the fall, a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited post secondary institution or vocational technical school
  • Must have made exceptional contributions to both school and community service, initiating community development, leadership, affecting positive change, mentoring others, and/or personal development and growth

Contact Information:
Jessica Hoffman
Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship
800 Griffiths Way
Vancouver, BC
V6B 6G1
** Applications will only be accepted by mail.
Emailed and faxed applications will not be accepted. **

Free District Partnership Programs

tradespeople-homepageCareer education programs provide secondary school students (grades 11 and 12) with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience to further their education and employment opportunities

Many of the district’s career programs are in partnership with British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), Surrey College and Vancouver Community College (VCC) along with private training institutions. The partnership program provides students with opportunities to receive industry certification or post-secondary course credits in addition to meeting the requirements for high school graduation.

Grade 10 and 11 students can apply now! deadline for the application is April 3 ,2014 to Mr. Fisher’s Room105

You will find a list of all the District Partnership Programs under Student Resources (found at the top of the blog).  The same list is also found here: Trades & Careers Partnership Programs

BC Hockey Scholarships

BC Hockey no background.jpgBC Hockey annually awards scholarships to deserving recipients who are in their graduating year of high school and are presently registered members of BC Hockey or former members playing in the Western Hockey League.

The eligibility and qualification guidelines are located on the application form which you can find HERE.  This application form can also be downloaded from their website at

If you have any questions regarding the BC Hockey scholarships please contact Sean Orr at the BC Hockey Office at 250.652.2978.

Vancouver Aquarium Work Experience

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2 Exciting Opportunities at the Vancouver Aquarium!

Number 1: Work Experience placement opportunity this Spring Break for the AquaCamps program with the Vancouver Aquarium’s Education Department.  If you are interested, you must submit the required documents (a cover letter, resume and the completed student information sheet found at the bottom of this page) all in 1 PDF document via email to Christy Smith at  by Wednesday Feb. 12th, 2014 at 5pm.

Click HERE for detailed information on becoming an AquaCamp Educator.  

Number 2: Work Experience opportunity for the Aquaguide program within the Vancouver Aquarium’s Education Department. This placement will take place from the beginning of March until the beginning of June – with a weekly commitment for each participant. The deadline for applications for this placement is also Wednesday Feb. 12th, 2014 at 5pm.

Click HERE for more information on becoming an Aquaguide.

For the Student Information Sheet click HERE.