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    High School Students, Parents, and Educators

    If you’re in high school, the parent of a high school student, or a secondary school teacher, discover how the CIA best prepares young learners for careers in the food industry.
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    Transfer Students

    Learn about the CIA’s generous transfer credit review policies and our accelerated programs.
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    Even if you already have a college degree, the CIA offers many more ways to expand your culinary knowledge and best position yourself for future career growth in the food industry.
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    International Students

    Read about international admission policies, student visas, and other information that will help you join the CIA’s diverse campus community.
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    Accepted Students

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    Alumni Spotlight

    Brandon Walker
    Chef/Owner, Essie’s Restaurant
    Brandon Walker came to the CIA on the advice of a high school teacher. Once enrolled, he took advantage of everything the CIA had to offer...
    Christina Olivarez, CIA culinary arts alumni, has been a Food Network Chopped competitor and is currently executive chef at MGM’s Diego restaurant.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Christina Olivarez '05
    Executive Chef
    Occasionally, and fortuitously, a passion in life is revealed in one’s formative years. For Christina Olivarez ’05, executive chef at Diego in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, hers was awakened as a young girl watching Saturday morning television. While her peers were tuning into The Smurfs, Christina was spending time with Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, Jeff Smith, and Graham Kerr. “One of my favorite shows was Cooking Secrets of the CIA,” says Christina. “I was amazed that you could actually go to school to cook!”
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