Marino does kitchen duty at tech school
PRINGLE -- U.S. Rep. Tom Marino had some sage advice for students at the West Side Career and Technology Center during his recent visit -- and not all of it was academic.
After participating in the Luzerne County school's annual Legislative Breakfast/Awards Program, the freshman congressman visited the kitchen and talked with students enrolled in the culinary arts program.
That's when he showed off his dough-kneading and pizza-making skills -- even tossing the pizza dough into the air.
Marino, of Lycoming Township, told the students, faculty and administrators that he worked in a bakery until he was 30 years old.
"I was up for a promotion and found out I didn't get it because I didn't have a college degree," Marino said. "But I did have to train the person who got the job."
That's when he decided to go to college and pursue a law degree.
Marino commended the students for their success in the vocational and technological skills competition.
Forty-one students recently competed on the district and regional levels in categories such as computer maintenance, auto repair technology, web design, medical math, photography, culinary arts and cosmetology.
Marino and Rep. Lou Barletta, along with state legislators, presented the awards to the students. Lorri Vandermark served as master of ceremonies.
Marino, a former prosecutor, cautioned the students about making wise decisions.
"One little mistake that you make now can affect the rest of your life," he said. "You have to stop and think before you do something."
He told the students that it's never too late to go back to school.
"But don't wait until you're 30," he said.