The other day when I arrived at work the Sous Chef said “So your school is closing huh?” I asked what he meant. He said he read the article about the culinary school not accepting any more enrollments. I quickly Googled what he was talking about and found the blog post about The Chef’s Academy not accepting any more students.
The thing is, a couple of administration representatives came to class one day to inform us that when the next term begins we will not be seeing any new faces. They said enrollment was down and they didn’t have enough people to fill a classroom but hopefully the following term things would resume. At the time, I wasn’t sure why they would come and tell us they weren’t enrolling any students but it all makes sense now. After thinking about the situation, it irritated me that they didn’t just tell us they are stopping enrollments entirely. We have to find it out via a blog post.
I walked into school the next morning after reading the blog post and the first thing I hear is a student telling another that the school was closing. She was going to sue if she didn’t get her degree. The entire day was listening to people freak out and continue the rumor that the school was closing and what they were going to do if they can’t finish classes and get their degree.
It was typical for the culinary school to not disclose the truth about future enrollments. They don’t really offer any information to the students. We are currently on a one-week break waiting for our next term to begin; and they didn’t even make an announcement about us having a break. I originally heard that piece of information from a student and then confirmed it with a chef instructor. We were told an announcement would be made but it never happened…but I digress.
There have been a lot of changes going on since my 2nd term and most of it was not good. Some of the students have been extremely unhappy about the changes and we voice our opinions during the “surveys” they put out at the end of each term. Instructors were dropping like flies, the student quality was declining, broken equipment were sitting around, and general repairs weren’t being completed. It all sounds like a disgruntled employee but when you bust your butt to do your best in school and you see the quality and integrity lacking in your classes and school, you get a little angry that you are working so hard while others just don’t take it seriously, or worse, don’t care.
Basically it comes down to this: the culinary school is no longer accepting any more students for the foreseeable future. The current students will finish out their degree program and that’s that. We will graduate with our Associates of Applied Science degree. I see one of 2 things happening; Harrison College will close The Chef’s Academy for good or it will somehow be absorbed into the college and not be a stand-alone program.
It is sad to see The Chef’s Academy in such a state. It could have been so much more. Whether it was because of the new laws & regulations that went into effect in July 2016 or not, the school was in serious decline in January 2016 and we saw it.
Another rumor I heard was that the school was trying to work out a deal with Ivy Tech, but again, it was a rumor…