i am also a grad of the cia (just graduated and on to my Bachlors).
it is a wonderful school.
when i was trying to pick schools (cia was not one of them), i asked some chefs that i worked for a simple question: what is the best school in the world? they all said CIA. i must admit, they are right.
it is tough to compare NECI and CIA becasue they are two diffrent programs.
i must say that i am very impressed with the cia. there is tons of room to learn out side of the classroom. we have the biggest culinary library and the biggest culinary video library in the world. we have the most CMC's, CMPA's, and the most CMB's then any other school. we have much better resources here as well.
i guess you coudl say i am a little biest.
the best thing for you to do is to get a course outline from each school, compare them and what they can do for yo uafter school and then go visit both schools.
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best of luck