Where should I go to school if I want to learn about pastries and eventually open up my on business in Chicago?

I would eventually like to open up my own coffee shop and sell my own pastries, however, I have no prior baking or business knowledge. I was looking into The Illinois Institute of Art, Kendall College, and Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago. What is the the best route to take if I want to gain knowledge on baking and starting a business? Maybe none of these options are the right decision.

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  • HeXt
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    8 years ago
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    Ai & Art Institutes are for-profit scam schools.

    If its one of the Art Institutes run by EDMC (all of them that use the

    AI logo), avoid them like a plague. They're not an art school

    employers take seriously. They're an open enrollment for-profit college, they take ANYONE.

    They just want the financial aid from the government that you are

    entitled to. The government is now suing them for 11 Billion Dollars which could wipe them off the map easily. They also got hit with ANOTHER lawsuit claiming the same thing!

    If you ask me, they're an elaborate corporate scam to funnel as many

    Government Pell grants and guaranteed loans out of students as they

    can and leave the students with the bill.

    The Senate HELP Committee did a 2year investigation and found out the same thing.

    Ai has the worst drop out rate of ALL for-profit colleges.

    They're like McDonald's of Art "Colleges". They're a chain that is

    popping up everywhere. They buy out dying schools, rename them, keep

    the accreditation.They create programs designed for impulse buyers and quick hits aka uninformed students.

    They may seem like they would be good, but it is all smoke and

    mirrors. Pretty building with pretty computers. Meanwhile, it will

    just ruin your life.

    The market demand they say they're meeting is not the demand of the

    Job market, its the demand of the students. Students that graduated AI

    are struggling to get jobs and have over more than $50,000+ or

    $90,000+ in debt depending on what degree they went for. Degrees that

    are worthless in the job market.

    Basically, AI is a degree mill, a total debt factory. They use bloated success stats and

    circle logic to back them up.

    They count students working at Toys R Us as in the field. Avoid them

    if you want to actually have a decent future.

    If you really want to pursue your passion, go to a community college,

    study fine art, and then transfer into a state school. It will be

    cheaper and the money you save you can buy your own equipment and

    STILL have money left over for a better future.

    Their job leads are bogus, they go to Monster, Craigslist, and career

    builder just like everyone else. Their top employer is HOME DEPOT

    (Check their own website) and I guarantee none of those are art jobs.

    Don't make the same mistake my friends and I did. We'll be paying for

    it for the rest of our lives.

    If you go with AI you'll be folding clothes at Target or hawking video

    games at Toys R Us for $8.25 an hour and struggling to pay $90,000+

    with bill collectors haunting your every waking moment for the REST OF

    YOUR LIFE with no way to stop them because there is no bankruptcy

    protection on Student loans.

    Please please please make sure you check out these news articles

    below. Many are accounts from students, staff, and teachers of AI.

    Feel free to check YELP ("Filtered results" as well.)

    What you do with this information is your choice, I just want to make

    sure you know everything before listening to one of their recruiters

    sales pitch. Remember, they're paid sales people. Not your friend.

    College may be expensive but what these guys are pulling is straight

    out highway robbery.

    Below is a few news articles about different AI's around the country. They're all pulling the same thing.

    Its EDMC's business model.

    You will NOT make enough to back the loans. They know this. They just want the government money they can pull in your name.

    Decide for yourself. You have a better chance of winning the lottery than paying back the debt created by these scammers.

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