GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Northfield Resident Demonstrates Perseverance Pays Off
May 20, 2014
Northfield resident Gilbert (Gil) T. Oliveto, 54, moved from Brooklyn, NY, in 1987 to attend Atlantic Cape’s Academy of Culinary Arts. He graduated from the Academy in 1989 with a silver medal. He never imagined he would return to school after so many years to complete his dream and receive his Associate Degree in Applied Science for Culinary Arts, let alone graduate with honors.
Atlantic Cape has been somewhat of a special legacy for Oliveto and his family. He met his wife and current Atlantic Cape employee, Kim, when he began his journey there; and his twin sons, Matt and John, are currently enrolled at the college.
Faced with the challenges of working fulltime and going to school, Oliveto had to make time for schoolwork and studying. He often found this time at night after coming home from class or waking up early before heading to work.
“My wife, Kim, inspired me to return to school. She was always there to encourage me when I would doubt myself or my ability to finish what I started; she would not let me fail. Also my sons— I wanted to show them that it is never too late to set goals and achieve them even though the road may be rocky at times.”
If you are looking for him in 5 to 10 years, you will probably find Oliveto operating his own food truck or deli. Most importantly, his goal is to be happy and successful in whatever he pursues, which Atlantic Cape has afforded him the opportunity to seek out.