Unfortunately, the fires affecting our community continue to grow. Yesterday, Red Flag warnings were issued through Friday afternoon representing ideal conditions for fire combustion and spread.

Given this, we have made the decision to delay a return to in-person instruction at Greystone until Monday, October 12. All campus buildings will remain closed until that time. Our intention is to reopen the Residence Halls on Sunday, October 11. While we expect the situation to be resolved by then, we must acknowledge this is a fluid situation; we will continue to remain in touch with students via email and the Everbridge Emergency Notification system as further information becomes available.

Classes, which resumed Wednesday, September 30 online, will continue to be delivered virtually during this interim period. By continuing in this way, instructors will be able to keep pace with the semester—providing lecturing instruction now on theory and techniques, and enabling students to get right back into the kitchens and bakeshops once campus reopens. Students, please continue to monitor the student portal and your Moodle sites for further information regarding your classes.

Most students have returned home already or are staying with family or friends. If you are unable to do this for an extended period, or if you have remained behind and are staying at Copia, our Student Affairs team can offer assistance. Please update your status on the "2020 Glass Fire Status" form on the Residence Life portal to keep us apprised of your status or to indicate that you need assistance.

New Veteran Admissions Counselor

Eric Jenkins, veteran and new CIA admissions counselorAs we honor Veterans Day this month, the CIA has a new member of its admissions staff dedicated to assisting veterans in planning for their post-military careers. Eric Jenkins helps future foodservice and hospitality leaders serving our nation make the transition from the military to college.

Jenkins is a veteran himself, serving in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management from the CIA earlier this year. From firsthand experience, the retired Sergeant First Class can explain to service members and veterans how to use Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program benefits toward their bachelor’s or associate degree studies at the CIA. Sgt. Jenkins also serves as staff advisor to the Veterans Association & Auxiliary student organization on campus. He was president of the group as an undergraduate.

An admissions counselor dedicated to veterans is needed at the CIA, where 126 current students have served on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard.

The CIA’s commitment to America’s service members goes back to the college’s founding in 1946, when the first class of students consisted of World War II veterans studying with the support of the original GI Bill. For more than six decades, the college has worked closely with all branches of the U.S. military, providing culinary training for active service members and college education for those beginning their post-military professional careers. Information for veterans interested in enrolling at the CIA can be found on our website.

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