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My Story Started at GRCC: Josh Ferguson of Creative Dining Services credits real world experiences at GRCC for his success

Jan. 10, 2021, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.

Josh Ferguson graduated from GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in 2008, but his newest post doesn’t have him in the kitchen.

In October, Ferguson was named director of business development for Creative Dining Services, a food services company that works with colleges, businesses, senior living communities and other institutions.

“My job is to seek out and develop new partnerships with corporations, colleges and universities where we can provide our unique brand of personalized hospitality management services,” he said. “Even though I went to culinary school, I have always had an interest in sales and the business side of the hospitality industry.”

Ferguson brings a variety of culinary and business experiences to his new role, with previous jobs at New Holland Brewing Co., Thousand Oaks Golf Course, Two Hats Ranch and Sysco. He even returned to GRCC for a while as assistant banquet chef.

He credits the real-world experience he gained while a GRCC student for his career success.

“I am proud to say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without GRCC,” he said. “My time there laid a strong foundation for which I have been able to build and exciting and rewarding career.

“I’m a big believer in the idea that success can’t be achieved alone, and doors to opportunity don’t open by themselves. GRCC has been there – and continues to be there – to help open doors for me, and I am deeply thankful for that.”

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