"Steve McHenry" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected] > Hi, > > Am considering attending the CCA and am leaning toward the hospitality > management program. > > Thoughts? > > Yes, I know it's godawful expensive. Yes, I know the school has a fine > reputation. > > So. Is the cost worth it? How is the job-placement following > graduation? > > It it worth a career change from a technical writer in his mid-40s? > My opinion... being a later-in-life culinary grad, though I was not persuing a management option.... Don't assume you are going to make decent money in the field upon graduation. Job placement may be there, but any decent paying jobs in culinary, and I assume management included, are going to ask for at least 5-7 years experience regardless of your performance at a culinary academy. The physical demands, whether front or back of the house, during that period are going to tax you, even had you been in your twenties. I'd start with less expensive training....a community college or vocational training school, and then decide on further training. MUCH cheaper, and probably arm you with as much as you will need before making any informed decision. If you are looking for a comfortable living at this stage in life... reconsider... i.e. bail and cut your losses. LOL Of, course, there are exceptions... but I would surely not bank on them. I am assuming that being in your forties, you have financial obligations that you will personally have to continue meeting. Weigh that seriously or you could find yourself in deep kim chee later.