The Arizona Culinary Institute (ACI) is a career-training school wholly focused on providing students with an education in culinary arts. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, the school offers full-time programs with courses that can be taken either during the day or in the evening. Situated in an 18,000 square-foot facility featuring four classrooms, five kitchens, and a student-run restaurant, the institute offers an accelerated 36-week curriculum as well as a six-week paid internship. Upon program completion, students will receive a Diploma in Culinary Arts, Baking and Restaurant Management.
Arizona Culinary Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
The faculty at the Arizona Culinary Institute is comprised of a diverse and well-balanced team of chefs and instructors who combine real-world experience with a passion for teaching. Small class sizes and five professionally designed kitchens serve to enhance the learning experience. The school believes that students learn best through hands-on training in the kitchen rather than through classroom study.
The Arizona Culinary Institute is a commuter school and does not provide on-campus housing facilities. However, the school does work with a local housing coordinator to assist students in finding living arrangements near campus. Students should expect to begin cooking from the first day of class, and 80% of their time at school will be spent in the kitchen. ACI's program consists of six months of classes, beginning with six weeks dedicated to learning the "basics" and concluding with a 6-week paid internship. Courses must be taken consecutively. Full-time programs are available in both a day and evening format. Students will get further hands-on training through participation in the student-run du Jour Restaurant. Career services and financial aid options are also available.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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