Success Stories

Nyoka Hambrick

Nyoka Hambrick graduated from the culinary program in February 2019. Prior to enrolling in the program she registered for online classes but struggled to stick with them. “I needed to have a physical location to help me stay committed,” she explains.

Her daughter, Teshauna Hambrick, is an Intake Specialist and Career Advisor at Integrity. That’s how Nyoka heard about the culinary program. Teshauna encouraged her mom to apply saying, “She was already a great cook so I felt like it would be a great opportunity for her.”

Nyoka said she learned a lot from the program but her favorite part was learning how to make sauces and dishes from scratch. She made mayonnaise and hollandaise sauce completely from scratch as well as a cheese sauce for a macaroni and cheese dish. Her favorite instructor was Chef Juliet Peters; her favorite part of the program was getting the chance to meet so many people who loved to cook. “Westside Works played a big role in my life. It helped me to get started and made sure that I finished,” she said.