Hello all! i was born and rasied in WA State, about 45 min away from portland, oregon.
when i was looking at culinary schools, i looked at western and also clark college. clark college is a public school and western is a private school. i talked with many of the chefs in the area and they told me that western was on the low end of the private schools and clark was on the higher end of the public schools.
do you live near portland?
i look at it like this: western and clark are good schools but they are limited... limited in resources, knowledge, and time. it takes like a year to get your certifacate. western doesnt offer a diploma which is sorta a bad thing becasue if you look at where the food service industy is going, you will, in due time, need a diploma.
for me, i know that western and clark was not for me. i wanted the best education that i could get... money aside. see, people thing that money is a big obstical but it really isnt. with all the scolorships and student loans, it is easy.
i decided on going to The Culinary Institute of America in ny and that is where i am now. i love every minute of it. i am in my third yuear and will have my bachlors degree when i get out.
the simple question i ask of people when looking for a school is how far do you want to get in this industry? where do you want to go? what do you want to do?
if i can be more of a help, feel free to email me at email@example.com
. i will be able to get more info on western or any other school if you need it.