That's, um, more than 2 years' worth of salary.
I understand the need for an education, but I feel like you shouldn't have to give up eating in order to learn how to feed other people. The institute's program was a great one, but the guy who gave me the tour and information and everything was trying. . .a little too hard. He gave me the usual statistics, X% of people who go here find work immediately.
Well, considering no full class has graduated from this particular location, I don't see how you could promise that.
"Oh," he says, "those are statistics from all of the locations combined."
So, basically you're charging me $50k to maybe possibly get a job.
I also read this article saying that culinary schools may or may not be kind of overrated and unnecessary. They say (like this one place did) that they can definitely get you employment, but what they DON'T tell you is that, yeah, they can definitely get you employment. . .maybe as a dishwasher or a bus boy.
Note: There is absolutely nothing wrong with washing dishes or bussing. I've bussed. But I, at the time, had not spent a ton of money getting an education so I could be the person who makes the food that gets eaten off the dishes which are then bussed.
So this program at the technical college could be a great thing. I could either get a certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts or an Associate's Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. Since there are only 5 classes involved in the BPA certificate program, I thought (and D agreed) that I could do that, to have the certificate, and then start working. . .somewhere and go for the Associate's.
I read the requirements for the different things, and freaked out when I saw that the program required a 600 on the math part of the SATs. I freaked out until I realized that that is for people graduating high school right now, and I have enough college stuff (you know. . .a degree) for that not to pertain to me. But the conversation about it with D went like this:
Me: I was really freaked out when I saw that you have to have a 600 math on the SATs to get into the program.
D: Is 600 a high score?
Me: (pouting) Noooooo. . .
(I don't know if I've ever mentioned how much I hate /slash/ am bad at math. Hate it muchly. Am awful at it.)
The program for the certificate requires you to take Sanitation & Safety; Basic Culinary Skills; Baking I; Hot and Cold Desserts; and Cakes Design and Decorating.
As soon as I win the lottery, I'll be able to pay for it, since I've passed the deadline for registering for financial aid until the 2011 Spring Semester.
I'm hoping I can make this become a thing.