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CIA: Regular program or ACE?

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Hi all. I was recently accepted to the CIA in Hyde Park.

 

I'll be going for my Associates; since I've spent a few years in the industry, I have the option of going for the Associates for ACE Students program. This accelerated program cuts out the standard 6-month externship and begins in April (with the regular program, I would begin in January).

 

I was wondering if any CIA students/alumni here have done the ACE program and can comment on it. An accelerated program like that seems like a great choice, but I'm not sure if I'd be missing out on any opportunities an externship might bring. Having a background in Thai/Asian cuisine, I'm also somewhat apprehensive about having the necessary base knowledge in French/Western cuisine that the program seems to expect.

 

Thanks for any input/comments .

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Why should you pay them for an externship. Its the worlds biggest rip off.

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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I graduated as the second class for the ACE program in 2008 and then went on to get a BA in 2010 I achieved this in three and a half years with 5 months in between the two programs. Being the second class their was many problems with the program and things to be worked out, felt a little like a guinea pig. However our class is the reason so many things are better now. It was still a wonderful experience and to be done in fifteen months was great. There are so many advantages to the ACE program. I also highly endorse the BA  program. I would be happy to talk to you more about it if you want. PHONE 845-233-8633

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