I am currently a baking and pastry student at a community college in Orlando. I'm not very happy here - I feel like I'm quite a bit more advanced than what I'm learning (I won't learn Macarons and other French pastry techniques until my last semester, and I already know how to make them thanks to an internship I had at a bakery a year ago), and the cirriculum does not include plated desserts or special occasion cakes with fondant work. It's important to me to learn that, because my goal is to one day open a bakery. I'd like to start out as a pastry cook in a restaurant/hotel to have that experience, and I feel like I can't do that if I don't learn plated desserts. So another school in Orlando is Le Cordon Bleu, but it's no secret if you read this forum that the school doesn't have the best reputation. I'd love to hear why that is - I've heard what a bad school it is but no one's ever said why they feel that way.
If Le Cordon Bleu isn't a good choice, might someone point me in the direction of another Florida school with a good cirriculum? I was accepted to JWU only to be turned away after I disclosed my minor physical disability - the reason why I ended up at a CC in the first place. JWU's decision ro discriminate has bothered me every day since, and much more so now that the school I'm at doesn't meet my expectations.
Lincoln Culinary Institute won't work because there's no convenient housing nearby that I can find a roommate.
The Art Institute is a bit too expensive - I could only afford JWU because they would've allowed me to finish in one year thanks to my transfer credits. AI won't do that.
I know this doesn't leave much, which is why I'm curious about LCB. Any other suggestions welcome. must be a degree program, no certificates or diplomas.