West Windsor, N.J. – When Barbara Spalding '09 (Culinary Arts), MA, MS, RDN, decided she wanted a career makeover, she focused in on food.
“I love cooking, healthy eating and exercise. I decided to go back to school at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) for its culinary program,” she said, adding that her initial goal was a career as a chef, restaurant manager or caterer.
"Mercer was a wonderful place to start,” said Spalding, a resident of Princeton. “The culinary facilities are so good and the faculty is so strong. I got theory and practice combined.”
While studying at MCCC, Spalding attended several food science and nutrition seminars that piqued her interest. “They were taught by a dietitian and I was really drawn to the field, which combines my interests in good food and good health,” she recalls.
With a previous career as a health insurance broker and consultant, Spalding recognized she had none of the science background necessary for a future as a dietitian. She looked into the curriculum for the dietitian program at Rutgers University and found out what courses she would need for transfer.
Spalding decided to remain at Mercer and take the required science courses. Once again, she found faculty members who were top notch.