The positions are paid. At first you get 70% of what you would get when you graduate from the program. Pay is increased incrementally as you progress through the program. Depending on your past experience in the industry you might start out a little higher on the pay scale. For the program you go to a community college once a week for class for three years. Summers have no class. I applied to the ACF program here in Washington state. However, I didn't realize that the pastry chef side of the house was not offered here. So, the lady in charge said I couldn't participate. It's easy to apply though.
I hope that helps you out. Have a great day!
Dale Angelo Iannello
Wanna be Pastry Chef