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Nila Nine is De Anza’s Classified Employee of the Month: April

Kate Wilson

Gettin’ Work Done

Nila Nine working on the grind, Thursday, April 25.


Dining Service Operations Coordinator.


With a hospitality management degree from San Jose State University Nine said he first became interested in working in the food industry at the age of 19, after he moved from Cambodia to the United States.

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“I liked putting together parties and my friends complimented me on making people feel welcome,” said Nine.

Since then, he has worked in the food and beverage services and continues learning and working to the best of his abilities.

Employee of the Month:

Nine said he was surprised when he was named employee of the month.

“Nila truly understands the meaning of customer service which is shown by his interaction between all levels of the community,” wrote Campus Center director Patrick Gannon in an email interview.

What’s your job like?

Nine said he likes helping people develop new professional skills.

Nine assists Gannon with overseeing catering operations and making sure everything runs smoothly.

Nine said he likes challenging the daily problems of working in the food and beverage service industry and learning from those challenges.

Plans for the future:

Nine said he plans to return to Cambodia and is open to proffesional opportunities in other fields of interests, or just stick to the hospitality industry and continue a career that involves working with people.

Nine said he’s even toyed with the idea of opening up his own restaurant.

What advice can you give to anyone who works in this field?                                  

“If you decide to do something, do it to the best of your ability,” Nine said.

Visit De Anza College Classified Employee of the Month Program online for more information on how to nominate a De Anza College faculty member.

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