Pastry Chef Aspires to Become Entrepreneur

Norma Miller

Wake Tech Class of: 2017


“Wake Tech has given me a way to enjoy my retirement while supplementing my income.”

    — Norma Miller

Award-winner, pastry chef, grandmother: just a few of the roles held by Wake Tech graduate Norma Miller. At 63 years young, Norma earned a Culinary Technology degree and is pursuing additional skills in Wake Tech’s new Baking and Pastry Arts program.

Norma’s former career in the manufacturing industry came to an abrupt end after her employer shifted jobs out of the country. Too young to completely retire, she decided to pursue formal training in something she’s always loved to do. She enrolled in culinary classes at Wake Tech and knew she had found her niche. “Wake Tech has the most knowledgeable, dedicated teachers,” Norma says. “They encourage each student and go ‘above and beyond’ to give extra help if needed.”

Norma has won numerous awards, including first place in Wake Tech’s 2008 Annual Pastry Show. But she’s not ready to rest on her laurels. Her future plans include starting her own business – making cakes for weddings and other special occasions. “Wake Tech has given me a way to enjoy my retirement while supplementing my income,” Norma says. “Who knows – I may even sell my cakes on the Internet!”