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Baking and Pastry schools in Vancouver BC

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Hello there,

 

I am a 19 year old female looking to go to school for baking and pastry in Vancouver BC. I know there are a few schools such as: AI,PICA,VCC,Northwest and Vancouver Island University offers a program as well. I do know that AI and PICA are the more expensive schools, and VCC and Northwest are a bit cheaper. Im not quite sure about VIU though.. Money isnt a huge issue since I can get a student loan, I just care about my education :).  I do know that there are good schools out of province but then the housing gets expensive. I appreciate your comments and opinions so feel free to leave anything !

 

Happy baking/cooking,

 

Lindsay  

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Money should always be an issue, whether out of your pocket or a loan!

 

Have you worked in the baking/pastry business? If not, get a job and work for a year before trying to decide on a school.

 

Have you looked into apprenticeships? That's a way of getting paid for your education.

 

are you familiar with all the requirements for the Red Seal program?

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Well it is an issue but not a huge one.. like it wont affect my opinion on what school I want to go to. I am concerned if I'll be getting a good education mostly. I do work in a bakery at the moment, and I really like it. I have thought about an apprenticeship but im not quite sure where to exactly find one. I do know that some schools offer them after graduation though. Its a hard choice choosing a school.

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Originally Posted by Linddagenais View Post... I am concerned if I'll be getting a good education...

To accomplish that, you need to define what you want to learn before worrying about where to learn.

 

Rephrasing, do you want to learn:

  • the trade of baking and pastries, i.e. how to mix, prepare, bake goods, or
  • the management of a bakery/patisserie, or
  • the marketing involved, or
  • the fundamentals of ownership.

 

Each of the above necessitates different curricula for effective training and knowing one does not always lead to another wink.gif

 

So, do you want to:

  • Do
  • MANAGE
  • SELL
  • OWN

 

????

 

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