I'm currently a marketing associate and a marketing firm in Chicago. Over the last couple of years(since I graudated with a bachelors in marketing) I've discovered that I REALLY enjoy cooking, baking, and preparing food for friends, family members, and for big parties. So I've decided to go to culinary school to hone my technique and skills and also to network myself with people within the industry in my city. I'd like to get curriculum that is both focused on the "food" side of things, as well as "catering" side. Since I already have a business degree, and have experience with business start-ups(took several courses and started my own when I was 20)--I'd like to really find a really good solid culinary arts Associate degree program. I live in Chicago. I've been talking to a rep from art institute--because initially that was my choice. Since the Chicago school is very reputable. But the cost is pretty expensive. And I won't qualify for any sort of financial aid(I'll have to take out massive loans--without aid). But it will look good on my resume, and probably give me the networking experience I need. I've also looked at a community college where I live (in the surburbs) that will only cost around $5000 for the 1.5 years. But it won't look as good on my resume, and I'm afraid that may "hurt" me when I try to start up my business.
There are other schools around here as well--which tuition ranging from 15k-to 50k. I already have student loans from undergrad (though they are less than 15k). I'm just wondering what would be the best option I should take?