Cooking News

Cooking up a Career

Lovell Mobley is hitting the books. He’s a 37-year-old student going back to school to support his family.

“I’m just trying to pay rent and proceed and trying to keep my head above water,” Lovell says.

Lovell was laid off from a manufacturing company in 2009. But he hopes the kitchen will be his new office.

“I’m in the baking and pastry program with the sugar works, the chocolate, the things of that nature,” he says. “I’m fascinated by it.”

Enrollment in community colleges is rising across the country. A new study shows Jefferson State Community College is the third fastest growing two-year college in the U.S.

“We have adults who have come back to work, and we actually have a population who have bachelors degrees but they’re coming here to get an associate’s because that’s what they can find work in,” Jeff State Community Relations Director David Bobo says.

Lovell is going back to his roots.

“My mother is a fantastic cook, and in order to be in society you have to eat,” Lovell says. “That’s what I’m trying to instill in my son. There’s no one to take care of you but you.”

He’ll graduate next fall and looks forward to getting out of the classroom and behind the kitchen counter.