Troy Entenmann is a fifth grade student from Monroe County and wants to be a chef when he grows up. On Thursday morning, he got an opportunity many aspiring culinary students have not: putting on gloves and a hat to cook with some of the head chefs in the main kitchen at The Greenbrier Resort.
“I think being a chef would be really fun,” Entenmann said. “It seems cool getting to cook really amazing meals and it makes up for all the hard work at the end.”
He joined students from several different counties at the resort for its Apprentice Day Program.
It is a chance for participating students to work one-on-one with employees from different departments, including culinary and pastry, sports and recreation, spa/salon, and even housekeeping and engineering.
Aside from being a more interactive experience than reading from a textbook, cosmetology participant from James Monroe High School, Olivia Copenhaver, said it allowed herself and other students to seek guidance from experts in their field.
“They’re the best of the best, so it’s been really awesome to learn from them and get tips about schooling and how to become better in the cosmetology field,” Copenhaven said.
Heather Orbaker, The Greenbrier’s Onboarding Coordinator, added the program is a great way for students to learn new skills and more about career paths they can pursue in the future.
“It gives a hands on experience to let young people in the area know if this is something they would like to do,” Orbaker said.
The Greenbrier has hosted more than 100 students for the program since 2015.