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Want to study Catering in the USA

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Hi all,

I am British and currently working as a deputy head cook at a care centre where I have been for a year. I now wish to develop my skills and get a professional qualification in catering. I have decided I would like to do this in America and wondered if anybody here could kindly help me and advise on a good college and give me an idea of what I would need and costs involved please.

I am 36 so hope Im not too old.

Thanks
Edited by AndrewJK - 3/24/10 at 8:53am
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 A lot of this will depend on budget, location preferred, etc.  There are MANY culinary schools in the USA.  If you have the funding for it, I would recommend Johnson and Wales, Culinary Institute of America, New England Culinary Institute, French Culinary Institute, or Kendall College (where I work).  

There are some really good community college options and I have heard that Grand Rapids Community College has a strong program.  

If you can answer some of the questions on location (does it matter? Big city? Small college town? Rural?) and cost (probably the most important) that could help get you the best responses.  
Edited by jtobin625 - 3/24/10 at 11:24am
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Hi Jtobin, thanks for your reply.

I am open to location. I have contacted a college in Minnesota and also looked at Seattle and Denver. I don't mind the city or rural but I have a liking for the Mid West and south but still open to anywhere really. Id prefer to live on a campus though. I will look at all the colleges you mentioned now. Cheers!
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Just need to add something to this after some research. Apparently if I study in America I have to return back to my home country when my course is finished. I would very dearly like to stay on and work in the USA after. Would I have to reply with a different visa? Can I sort out staying on in America while I am studying?

Thanks if anyone can help
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I'm currently taking classes at Southeast Community College in Lincoln Nebraska, it's a pretty good fit for me; the teachers are all certified chefs and or dietitians.  You can either go for culinary, dietitian, lodging, or catering, I'm in culinary but the classes are taught by a lot of the same instructors, you get to know everyone pretty well.  Tuition had a 0% increase this year which was very nice; it's an affordable school, but the food service programs are probably more respected than those of UNL (the local university).  Lincoln is an average sized city I'd say, I think that last census put us at 275,000, we've grown a lot since then though, and still are.  that's my two cents at least though.
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 Andrew,

You will need to contact different colleges to find out about international students.  Some students can qualify for an I-20 where you can work for what I believe is up to 1 year.  

At this point, I would just recommend speaking to international advisors at the colleges you are considering to move forward.  Good luck.  
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Thanks for the advice guys, much appreciated. 
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