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Goal oriented and need advice

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I need some career counseling, what better place than here? You are all honest and fair in your replies, so I ask you to lend me a bit of advice and thank you all in advance.
I have no wife and no kids, I have some money saved up, and I want to own a restaurant in the very... distant future (long-term goal). With no restaurant experience, but much ambition to learn, where should I begin (school vs. baptism by fire) and what goals (short-term) should I set to ensure I remain on the right track?
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If one of the most important things to learn is cost control, why go to a $40k school? I get the SAME education at my community college. Pay large cheese for a name school? Do I look like Boo-Boo the Fool?!! Just kidding, lol. Seriously, though, I am looking into a program at school that addresses FOH management. Upon completion of school the student is awarded an AAS in Culinary Arts and an AAS in Food & Beverage Management. Total time: 2 years. I'm luvin' it...............
I can not speak on behalf of other community college programs. The one I am starting has job placing available. And it's not just for graduating students. Often, I am told, students are employed soon after taking PCA-I Basic Cookery. What I like about the community college is schedule flexibility. A school such as CIA will have blocks of instruction where more than one subject is taught. And this is at a specific time of day. Here (at comm. coll.) courses are a la carte. For example, in any one given term, there can be several garde manger classes offered at varying times. Next semester I am enrolled in 17 units but will work full time. Of course living in Las Vegas affords me opportunities of working in a 24-hour town. :)

Good luck and keep us posted on your decisions.
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