Student Interns Showcase Partnerships

As high school students enrolled in the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center Culinary Arts program, Kaia and Emily wanted to practice their kitchen skills in a real-world setting. Through a partnership between Workforce Snohomish, Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant, and the Skill Center, Kaia and Emily were able to do just that. The young women participated in a six week on-the-job training opportunity at Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant under the guidance of Corporate Chef Andy Hilliard.

Chef Hilliard stated that both Kaia and Emily have fantastic kitchen skills, great attitudes, and are valuable members of the kitchen staff; the six week internship led to job offers. Kaia and Emily credit the great instructors at Sno-Isle for the easy transition from student to kitchen staff. “We are so proud of the level of professionalism our students demonstrate, and are honored that Lombardi’s chose to work with Sno-Isle Tech,” remarked Maggie Bagwell, Sno-Isle Tech Director.

Kaia and Emily will build upon their culinary passion and newly gained experience through post-secondary educational opportunities.

The internships were paid for through the “Re-Imagine Retail” grant funded by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership and Walmart Foundation. The Re-Imagine Retail initiative is focused on providing access to careers in retail and adjacent sectors while changing perceptions of the retail industry.


Emily is a senior at Glacier Peak High School and plans to attend the Culinary Arts program at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colorado. Kaia is a senior at Mountlake Terrace High School and plans to continue her culinary education at Edmonds Community College.

Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center thanks Lombardi’s Restaurant, Chef Hilliard and Workforce Snohomish for extending this opportunity to our students!!