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Chefs, Culinary Professionals Rely on Career Colleges in Florida for Hands-on Training Options

Friday, April 1, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Wanda Minick
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Chefs, Culinary Professionals Rely on Career Colleges in Florida for Hands-on Training Options to Fill Hospitality Positions

APRIL 1, 2016 – Tallahassee, Fla. – Equipped with state-of-the-art commercial kitchens and hands-on training techniques, Florida’s private career colleges have long been a mainstay in the Sunshine State. As part of the ongoing Shortage of Skills series about job growth, the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) and the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) have made this crucial career field of study the focus for April.

Simply stated, both groups agree that trained chefs and culinary professionals would not have the same opportunities if not for the skilled training they have received in quality culinary arts programs.

According to statistics issued by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education & the Integrated Postsecondary Data System, private career colleges trained 83 percent of Florida culinary arts graduates in 2013-14.

As a complement to Florida’s thriving tourism industry, fine restaurants that provide meals fit for a wide range – from foodies to families – are a must to make travel memorable.

Careers with a basis in culinary arts are a staple in many Florida markets, which means there are job opportunities for graduates who understand the proper techniques for preparing delectable dishes or baked goods. From hotels to restaurants, luxury spas to cruise ships, the hospitality industry is always seeking skilled culinary professionals.

The recent down-sizing trends from some respected schools, such as the Le Cordon Bleu schools, will have an impact on how many locations can train those who wish to hone their culinary skills.

Without the presence of these skilled workers, Florida would be much less of a culinary destination for tourists and residents who enjoy a meal in a restaurant for a special occasion or just a night out of the house.

FAPSC ( has been the voice of Florida’s career schools since 1956. The association of more than 250 member schools works on behalf of the more than 1,000 licensed private career schools and colleges in Florida that prepare students each year for employment in more than 200 occupational fields by offering degree programs, certification and training.


Media Contact: Jamie Floer, APR, CPRC

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