Celebrating our Graduates: Evan Rank

Celebrating our Graduates: Evan Rank

Student Speaker for December Commencement Ceremony

| By: Haase, Elijah D

Growing up, Evan loved cooking in the kitchen with his grandmother. After his first culinary class in high school, Evan knew he wanted to pursue a career in this area. As he graduates with an associate degree in Culinary Arts, Evan credits small class sizes and hands-on learning for his success at FVTC.

On campus, Evan helped launch Linx: Learn, Include, Network and eXplore. The student club provides resources and social opportunities for people with disabilities. Evan also participated in the Culinary and Hospitality Club. He received an Achievement Against the Odds award earlier this year.

After graduation, Evan will continue to work in the food service industry. He hopes to one day open a family restaurant that employs individuals with disabilities. His ultimate goal is to create an environment where employees feel welcomed and appreciated in the workplace.

Career Program: Culinary Arts
Originally From: Gillett
Current Residence: Appleton
Age: 22
Attended FVTC: Spring 2018 - Fall 2021

Why did you choose to study this field?

I’ve enjoyed Culinary Arts ever since I was a kid. Whether it was helping my Grandma in the kitchen making different casseroles, or watching the Food Network, it inspired me to create food that people enjoy eating.

Tell us how you came to choose FVTC for your education.

I chose FVTC for the small class sizes and all the hands-on learning that is offered. Also, the instructors are caring and understanding any time you need help with anything.

What's been the most rewarding part of your educational journey at FVTC?

The most rewarding part of my educational journey at FVTC has been the success I have had due to my instructors. The faculty at FVTC has been a huge part of my success.

What was the most difficult part?

The most difficult parts for me were the times when I did not ask questions about an assignment or something that I was cooking. I also had issues finding my classes as a new student, because I did not yet know my way around campus.  

What will you do on graduation day or in the future to celebrate graduation?

During graduation, a variety of my family members will be in the crowd, cheering me on as I deliver the Student Commencement speech. Once graduation is complete we are going to go out to eat and celebrate all my accomplishments as a family.

Tell us about your plans after graduation.

After graduation, I plan to continue to work at Kwik Trip in the kitchen.

One last parting thought or words of wisdom to share with others.

Make sure that you ask a lot of questions. If you are nervous about finding your classroom on the first day of classes, take some time to do a walkthrough before, or ask someone for help. The staff will be eager to show you where you need to be. I was grateful I did that because it made me far less nervous walking in for classes on my first day.