Graduates of the Retail Butchery Program at PACC Career Centre have many exciting career opportunities to choose from upon graduation. Such was the case for two recent graduates who’ve found meaningful and rewarding careers upon graduating from Retail Butchery.
Scott Hall, a 2018 Retail Butchery program graduate, and recipient of the Retail Butchery Student of the year award, became the new Meat Manager at Marché Station Angus at the Lachine Market. Scott was hired as a retail butcher shortly before graduating from his program at PACC Career Centre.
Retail Butchery was not Scott’s first career. After 20 years of working as a Director of Photography in the television/media industry, Scott felt it was time for a change. In his job, he was required to travel on a regular basis and he wanted to transition into a field which would allow him to settle down. Following a discussion with his wife about his interest in the food industry, she showed him an advertisement about the Retail Butchery program offered at PACC Career Centre.
Scott realized that the field of Retail Butchery suited his interests and abilities. He applied for the nine-month program and was accepted. Scott credits both teachers, Christina and Martin, for doing an excellent job at preparing him and other students for the job market, emphasizing the importance of technical abilities, good working habits and communication skills required in the industry.
Scott’s teachers appreciated his team spirit, excellent technical and communication skills, positive outlook, sense of responsibility and work ethics. In fact, Scott is not the only PACC Retail Butchery student doing a work-study placement or working at Marché Station Angus. One of this year’s students is now completing a work-study placement at Marché Station Angus.
In May 2019, Vanessa Martin, another successful Retail Butchery graduate, received a Hats Off to You award from the Ministry of Education, recognizing the excellence of women pursuing studies in a non-traditional field.
Throughout her program, Vanessa showed outstanding skills in all aspects of meat cutting and preparation. Originally, she learned the art of meat cutting from her grandfather in her community, Kahnawake. After exploring various career paths, she clearly saw that becoming a retail butcher was her true calling. She is now contemplating opening a Butchery shop in her community, in order to help hunters. “For years, our elders have been telling us how crucial this service is needed. It would be one more step towards our autonomy” she said. One day, Vanessa hopes to own her own livestock in order to offer the best quality of meat. When Vanessa sets a goal, she achieves it!
Retail Butchery students currently completing their last work-study placements at IGA, COSTCO, Adonis, Euro Marché, and at several other butcher shops have almost all received job offers.
There’s a new Retail Butchery program starting on September 9, 2019. If you have questions about the program you can contact the guidance counsellor at the phone number or email mentioned below.
Candidates must complete the online application at https://www.srafp.com/cfpOffres.aspx?code=888401§eur=3 Select the desired session.
Once you have filled out the application, please bring all your original documents to the admissions office at 8310 George St., LaSalle, Quebec.
Madeleine Barrette, c.o.
PACC Career Centre
Tel: (514) 363-6213, ext. 2