Monthly Archives: December 2014

VTS Launches the Family Science Department

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Creating New Educational Opportunities and Ways for Graduates to Impact the Community In September, Victory Trade School (VTS) launched the Family Science Department, a new educational track for women. Thus, VTS has expanded as a trade school to now offer two diverse programs for education and employment—Culinary Arts and Family Science. Since 2006, VTS has operated the   …Continue Reading

Kaitlyn Fultz

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Growing up in Lee’s Summit, Mo., Kaitlyn started struggling with drugs and alcohol at age 12. She was always a high-functioning student and maintained a steady job. But she didn’t know the Lord. At 21 she found herself asking God to make Himself known to her. “One night He showed up in a real way,” she explains, when she woke   …Continue Reading

Ozzie Garcia

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Meet Osbaldo Garcia, better known as Ozzie. He grew up in a tight-knit Mexican family in Blythe, Calif., and cooking alongside his mom. Her recipe for chilaquiles is still his favorite thing to cook. Ozzie joined a gang at a young age, which led him down a path of addiction and violence. Eventually, he hit rock bottom and   …Continue Reading

Richard Howard

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The typical southern gentleman, Richard Howard, aka “Chef Soul Food,” has always enjoyed cooking and eating fried chicken! Growing up in a stable family, his parents encouraged all eight of their children to attain an education and be successful. However, the Miami native says he always wanted to test the limits. A series of poor   …Continue Reading

Raymond Aguilera

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Since arriving at Victory Trade School (VTS) in August 2013, Raymond Aguilera (Ray) has been bringing creativity to the kitchen, leadership to the student body and the light of God’s love everywhere he goes. At age 7, Ray entered the foster care system in the projects of Los Angeles, California. When he aged out of   …Continue Reading

Robert Anthony Marquez

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Rob was born and raised in a Filipino family in Portland, Oregon, and moved to Great Falls, Montana, as a young adult where he settled and started a family of his own. But his life began to unravel when he found himself addicted to pain pills due to chronic back and weight issues. Rob entered   …Continue Reading

Aubrey Reece

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Aubrey Reece relocated to the Ozarks with her family when she was 13. Although raised in church, she wandered away from God after high school. After a series of poor choices, she and her little girl ended up couch surfing at various friends’ houses. Finally, six months pregnant with her son, she realized she had   …Continue Reading

Family Life

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Metro Springfield Early Childhood Grant

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On December 2, 2014 the Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded VTS a Metro Springfield Early Childhood grant.  The $4,800 grant will go towards the purchase of kitchen equipment and children’s serving utensils for the Family Science early childhood educational program at Washington Avenue Baptist Church.  The grant will enable VTS’ Culinary Arts Department to   …Continue Reading