Aubrey Reece

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

Accreditation Process

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In February 2013 Victory Trade School received notification from the United States Department of Education (USDE) that its national accredit or, NCA-CASI, was withdrawing from participation as a Title IV accrediting agency. The USDE gave all schools affected 18 months in order to secure new accreditation from a USDE recognized accrediting agency. In July 2013,   …Continue Reading

CK Hosts Chocolate Day this Friday, February 14!

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Don’t miss lunch in Cook’s Kettle this Friday (Valentine’s Day) from 11am-1pm! From buffet to special desserts, you will be impressed. On the buffet, students will be serving up steak, shrimp & potatoes. There will be an assortment of chocolate breads, cookies and desserts all freshly prepared by VTS students. Did we mention there will be a complimentary   …Continue Reading

Norman Vanzandt

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Norman Vanzandt Student Spotlight   From: Marietta, Georgia Favorite Food: Chili and Wings Started VTS: July 2013 Completion Date: June 2014 What I’ve Learned:  VTS helped me get my GED and provided me a year to get closer to God.   Norman hopes to one day be a restaurant owner. To help make his dream   …Continue Reading

Bacon Fest with Cook’s Kettle Flair

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The aroma of bacon fused with community connections is in the air at Victory Trade School. Every week KOLR10/KOZL, a local CBS affiliate, partners with VTS by incorporating our chefs in their regular programming. They recently invited us to team up for a special event – and it was all about BACON! On Saturday, September   …Continue Reading

You’re Hired Jason Hegstrom!!!

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Jason Hegstrom is no stranger to the spotlight.  VTS is proud to announce that, on his final day of classes, Jason was hired on the spot as a pantry chef at Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield – full time with full benefits! He excelled at everything he did here and we know he will   …Continue Reading

VTS Represents Live in the Ozarks

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The annual Ozark fair kicked up its flair this year having a live cooking stage for demonstrations.  Our VTS staff and students participated on four different occasions. And even appeared live on KOLR 10 with Tom Trtan, co-host of Ozarks Live at 4! For every demonstration one of our executive chefs would bring students and   …Continue Reading

Scott Arthur

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From: Newark, New Jersey Favorite Food: Steak Started VTS: August 2012 Completion Date: August 2013 What I’ve Learned: How to put flavors together and the dedication it takes to work in the kitchen. Scott hopes to one day own a restaurant and be a great chef, but until then work in a high end restaurant.   …Continue Reading