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"I use everything I learned in class all the time."
Rhonda graduated with a degree in culinary and now owns and operates CT's Deli with her life partner, Chef Tom.
Here's her story.
Rhonda Jicinsky is putting her Nicolet College degree to work as an entrepreneur. If you stop at CT’s Deli in Rhinelander, you’re sure to find her and her life partner, Chef Tom, who opened this deli in 2015.
Rhonda always enjoyed cooking and event planning, so after a 20 year career in marketing, she decided to go back to school and pursue a new dream. She enrolled in the Culinary Arts program in 2003 and even served as the Nicolet College student ambassador. She said, “Both of my culinary instructors, Vicki Mendham and Linda Arndt, were top notch. They were very knowledgeable and professional. There was a wide skill span in our class and they taught to all of us on our level.”
Her favorite classes? The cooking labs, of course. “I remember one snowy day, looking out the big window in the kitchen at the snow as we were making Christmas cookies and feeling so blessed to be happy and enjoying my new chapter of life at Nicolet.”
After she graduated in 2005, she worked in the resort industry, but a few years ago, she and Chef Tom decided it was time to to open their own business, with the goal of achieving a better work-life balance. Rhonda’s eyes light up when she talks about CT’s Deli. “I love being around a business that we created, watching it evolve into exactly what we wanted to achieve, watching the employees grow, and meeting customers who become friends,” she said.
She is quick to share, “I use everything I learned in class all the time.” Rhonda has a hand in what’s being taught in class today. She serves on the college’s Culinary Arts Advisory Committee, which advises the college on how well the program meets workforce needs. Rhonda calls it her chance to give back to Nicolet College.
More than 75%
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