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Trina Rangel, Student of the Month


Trina Rangel
from Houston, Texas
A.A.S Baking and Pastry Arts
Date: December 2017
Motto: “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me” – Christopher Hernandez, Trina’s brother


There will be times where you do what you love but life requires a little more for the soul. Trina Rangel graduated high school at the age of 16 and had her heart set on becoming a Registered Nurse.

“I loved aiding people back to health. The desire to help sick people become healthy again grew stronger when my brother passed away 8 years ago, but for some reason or another my path was always directed away from the medical field when I was in college. It seemed like there was always an obstacle in my way to become a Nurse; when ever I would get frustrated or upset I would always find myself in the kitchen baking. For some reason or another being in the kitchen always calmed me down.”.

Without knowing it, this was the start of Trina Rangel’s new path, the Culinary Arts.

“One day my mother and my sister talked with me and told me to let go of being a Nurse and to become a pastry Chef. I did my research and found Culinary Institute LeNôtre had an open house that weekend, I decided to attend and I’ve been here ever since.”.

It doesn’t surprise us that both Trina and her mother Isabel, would take a leap of faith and go for their dreams. Currently, Isabel, Trina’s mother, is also attending Culinary Institute LeNôtre.

“Attending school with my mom is an amazing experience. She’s my back bone in all things and shes my anchor when i feel as if I’m losing my grip. She reminds me that its ok to be human and to make mistakes but to never give up and to always finish what i start.”

Trina’s mom always reminds her how strong and great she is and taught her daughter that no one shoud bring her down.

 “I wouldn’t have made it this far with out her.”

“Don’t hesitate to enroll! This is a great school filled with staff members who loves each student and will do what ever it takes to see each of us succeed. My class room experience is awesome! I’ve had the same chef for three terms and he’s awesome! When it comes down to my class mates we get along very well, we’re a great team and sort of consider ourselves as a small family. We help each other out, support one another, and make class fun. I’m always looking forward to seeing my Chef and my class mates no matter how tired I am from the day.”

There are some barriers you may cross but your passion and those around you will make them easier to handle. As an educational institution, we aim to be the source of knowledge and guidance for our future Chefs.

“With the help of  amazing Chef’s I’ve learned how to step out of my comfort zone and to know it’s OK to fail because we learn from our failures and how to handle them for the next challenge waiting ahead.”

From facing obstacles by baking, to learning how to step out of her comfort zone during the challenging times, we are pleased to see a students life changing positively by following the career that fulfills them. We are happy to be part of this path and to help Trina keep her promise to her brother, becoming a Chef.