Jason Gingold, a former Culinary Instructor at the Burlington Technical Center and former Dean of Academics at New England Culinary Institute (NECI) is the new Director at Randolph Technical Career Center.
A native of New York City, Gingold brings a diverse educational and vocational resume to his job. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the University of Denver before realizing that his real interests were in the culinary field. Following his graduation from Denver he moved to Providence, Rhode Island where he earned an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University. From there he moved to San Francisco where he worked at the Aqua Management group as a pastry chef. Working at Aqua put him in touch with a number of famous chefs including Michael Mina, an award winning chef, restaurateur and author. He worked with and for Mina for the next nine years, including in the opening of the famous Bellagio restaurant in Las Vegas.
Gingold then took a year off to work and teach at Treasure Island Job Corps, first as a pastry instructor and then as the Culinary Director of their program. In 2002 he moved to Montpelier and began teaching at the New England Culinary Institute. Starting in the pastry department, he helped create the school’s Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree program in Baking and Pastry before taking over as department chair. In 2005 he earned his Masters of Education from Vermont College and in 2007 was named the Dean of Academics at NECI. He remained at NECI until 2010, when he joined the teaching faculty at Burlington Technical Center. In 2012, he was named BTC’s Outstanding Educator of the Year.
“If I’ve learned anything in my life and travels,” he said, “it’s the need for students to have a career plan for life after high school. For some the right choice is college. For others it’s entering the workforce. But a big part of my focus at RTCC will be on helping students develop and implement a life-plan that will guide them in the direction of their dreams, and equip them to be productive members of whatever community they become a part of.”
“I’m very excited about joining the RTCC community,” he said. “I’ve long been aware of the outstanding programs it offers and the quality of those programs, and I’ve been especially impressed with its approach to educating students. It’s clear the moment you walk into the building that it’s a place students want to be. And that makes it a place I want to be.”