Tyler Gargalino came to Macomb directly from Dakota High School this fall to take culinary and business classes in preparation for opening up a sports bar with his father. That the College has a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has only sweetened the deal.
“I see myself with a degree in entrepreneurship,” says Gargalino, who has already made plans to transfer to Northwood University, which offers classes in its entrepreneurship program at the University Center on Center Campus. “A College education is really important. But why not start at Macomb where the tuition is a little cheaper?”
Discovering that the College has a center dedicated to encouraging young entrepreneurs was “fantastic,” says Gargalino. But even more impressive has been the respect and support he has received from Macomb faculty and staff.
“I feel like I’m being treated like an adult; the faculty are not condescending. And I think that’s why I’m learning a lot better than I did in high school.” says Gargalino. “When I walked into buildings on my first day on campus, everyone pitched in to help me find where I was going. A faculty member even went and got a map.”
While the Dairy Queen he works at is closing for the season, Gargalino isn’t waiting for the next opportunity to come his way. He’s already applied at a Tim Horton’s and a Buscemi’s. Either way, he will be picking up more restaurant experience that will serve him well when he and his dad can finally invest in their dream.
“It’s going to be called Gargie’s,” says Gargalino. “And if all goes good, we’re hoping for a franchise.”