I'm hoping to start culinary school (for pastry) within the next year, but am seriously considering an apprenticeship instead. I am not looking at any private schools, but rather some reputable community college programs (mostly in Seattle, also maybe Oregon).
I'm wondering if anyone has any information or experience with apprenticeships for pastry. I'm located in Northern California but am willing to relocate, as long as I can get a good education. I currently have about a year of industry experience, including baker, garde manger/pantry, asst. pastry chef and, most recently, working on the line.
I would love any recommendations or tips, either from reputation or personal experience. I'm hoping, of course, to do an ACF apprenticeship, but since I'm willing to relocate, my options are overwhelming.