Culinary Institute of America
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1946 Campus Dr - Hyde Park, NY 12538
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The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is one of the most recognized culinary education facilities in the world. It has produced many of the popular media figures in the field as well as countless Executive Chefs and successful restaurant owners. Situated in the gorgeous setting of Hyde Park in New York, it is easy to see why the school continues to draw some of the world's top culinary talents.
If you have been thinking about attending culinary arts school, you are most likely asking yourself questions like how much is it going to cost, how long will it take to graduate, how & where do I apply and is financial aid available?
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With a history that spans over 60 years, the Culinary Institute of America has been a leader in culinary education and training for decades. In 1946, it opened its doors under the name New Haven Restaurant Institute of Connecticut. It was meant to provide vocational training to WWII veterans and started with a total of 50 students.
Just one year later, it was moved to a building next to Yale University and given a new name. The title Culinary Institute of America wasn't bestowed until 1951. The current location – a former Jesuit seminary in Hyde Park - was purchased in 1970, and now teaches thousands of students each year.
The school is “dedicated to providing the world's best professional culinary education.” It goes beyond culinary training to include professionalism, ethics, and leadership. It is recognized for the overall quality of students it produces; in fact, over 300 restaurants and companies actively recruit graduates for employment.
There are four degree programs offered through the CIA: a Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts Management, a Bachelor Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts Management, an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts, and an Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts.
The Culinary Arts Management Bachelor of Professional Studies program lasts a total of 38 months. It offers liberal arts education as well as culinary-intensive training. It is meant to prepare students for future positions as executive chefs and industry leaders. It moves from basic cooking education to advanced techniques in international cuisine and classical and contemporary culinary skills, with a special focus on kitchen management and restaurant supervision. It includes a paid 18-week externship in one of the area's numerous establishments.
The Baking and Pastry Arts Management Bachelor of Professional Studies program is similar in length to the Culinary Arts Management course. It extends beyond basic baking and dessert making to include leadership skills training and courses on the business side of running a successful bakery.
The Culinary Arts Associate in Occupational Studies program lasts for 21 months. It focuses on the fundamentals of culinary training in a time-shortened approach meant to get results in fewer than two years. This degree is also adaptable for already-existing culinary professionals. The Advance Career Experience program offers a 15-month version of training by using valuable work and life experiences as part of the educational process.
The Baking and Pastry Arts Associate in Occupational Studies program also lasts for 21 months. It offers the same culinary skills training found in the Bachelor program, but with less attention and time spent on management and leadership training. Both programs include experience in the CIA's working bakery-café.
The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which makes it recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. It is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.
An estimated 90 percent of students receive financial aid in some form. The staff of the Financial Aid Department work with prospective and current students to help find funding options and apply for aid. Federal funding in the form of grants or loans, private loans, and scholarships are accepted for those who qualify.
One of the things that sets the CIA apart from other culinary education institutions is the quality of its faculty and staff. They represent the finest in industry leaders and experts, but are still chosen for their attention to personal results and real-world success for students. The school currently employs over 125 instructors. They hail from 16 countries.
The campus is one of the largest in the culinary education world. There are 41 kitchens and bakeries, which are complemented by five restaurants open to the public. The school also boasts a library, student housing and services, modern classrooms, and professional cooking suites. All amenities are kept up-to-date and held to rigorous industry standards.
The on-campus “practice” restaurants include the Escoffier Restaurant, the Ristorante Caterina de' Medici, St. Andrew's Café, the American Bounty Restaurant, and the Apple Pie Bakery Café, where students apply their skills to the public.
The Hyde Park location offers incredible views of the lush landscape of the state of New York. Outdoor opportunities abound in the immediate surrounding area, and New York City is only a two-hour drive away. This gives students the chance to experience the educational experience of living and studying in a smaller town with the excitement and fine dining venues of the neighboring metropolis.
If you are interested in any of these programs and would like to find out more, please request information from The Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park, NY.