Thursday, November 8, 2007

‘PASSPORT TO A TASTY FUTURE’


(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Beginning Saturday, November 10, and continuing one day a month through May 24, culinary students in the “Passport To A Tasty Future” program can learn from some of the nation’s top culinary professionals in a hands-on environment at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of
California – Inland Empire.

This pioneering program is a fresh, exciting way to introduce high school students to one of the most creative, challenging and rewarding fields in America – Culinary Arts.

And with a student limit of just 24 enrollees, there’s plenty of opportunity for a one-on-one learning experience.

The first session, November 10, begins with a Knife Cuts demonstration where students learn techniques from Julienne to Tourne cuts while focusing on repetition and consistency. They’ll explore methods of chopping, mincing and cutting of vegetables and proteins. Also that Saturday attendees will study proper food amounts for ideal plate presentations along with menu development.

The following month, on December 15, the class will learn a variety of important cooking methods such as sautéing, grilling, frying, braising and poaching, along with the importance of timing and heat distribution.

Then on January 26 students will apply those techniques to cooking vegetables, in the process learning about acid, alkaline and the use of salt in cooking procedures.

February 16 marks the introduction of starches to meals, learning how to apply the various cooking methods to the three different types of rice and potato cookery.

In March, on the 22nd, students concentrate on fish and other seafood, learning to steam and poach them while emphasizing the retention of nutrients as well as flavor.

Things get even more challenging the next month on the 19th when the class highlights regional cuisine, targeting ingredients and fusion cooking of North and South America.

The “Passport” sessions conclude May 24 with an expansive exploration of the cooking of Asia and Europe. The high school students will be shown the varying ingredients and cooking methods of these two widely differing cuisines.

The check-in for each session is at 9:30 a.m. with programs starting at 10 and ending at 1 p.m.

For information on openings for the “Passport To A Tasty Future” workshops contact the Coordinator in Charge, Mario Alcazar, at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, 630 East Brier Drive in San Bernardino, or call him at (800) 353-0812 ext. 2165. Interested parties may also e-mail him at malcazar@aii.edu..

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of more than 35 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

For more information call (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.ArtInstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

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Photo caption:  A beautiful roast beef entree is an example of the students work at The Art Institute of California Inland Empire.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO CHANGE CAREERS

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) You simply feel it’s time for a change. You’ve stagnated in your current job, or you know you have more to offer in life than the daily grind. Maybe you’ve retired, but have a passion and love for something you’ve never had time to pursue.

San Bernardino’s Art Institute of California – Inland Empire understands how you feel, and has set aside Saturday, November 17 for an Open House just for you.

Has cooking been one of your hidden passions? Have you loved fiddling with your various computer graphics programs in your spare time? Maybe you really enjoy redesigning your home from time to time.

The Art Institute has slated evening and weekend classes in Culinary Arts, Graphic Design and Interior Design for working adults who want to use those off-hours to gain experience and even a college degree, leaning toward forging new careers in fields they love.

It’s never too late to start over. The Institute’s award-winning faculty gladly shows you what you need to know, gives you every opportunity to utilize their cutting-edge facilities, and can even steer you toward establishing that new career you’ve had in the back of your mind for years.

The November 17 Open House will include a tour of the new state-of-the-art facility and provide a chance to meet with area professionals and faculty members in your own field of interest. You may also want to discuss the school’s many financial aid and scholarship opportunities and learn the admission requirements.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire can give you the chance of a lifetime to start a career you’ve just dreamed about. And the Saturday Open House is the perfect beginning. For details, just call the school at (909) 915-2100 or stop by at 630 East Brier Drive in San Bernardino.

Your new career awaits.

For more information about The Art Institute please call (909) 915-2100.


The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), with 34 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. For more information, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or visit www.artinstitutes.edu/inlandempire.

'LIFE IS BETTER WITH ART IN IT' THEME FOR POSTER CONTEST


(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) For high school seniors with an interest in turning their love of art into a career, The Art Institutes is sponsoring a Poster Design Competition, a program which awards tuition scholarships of up to $25,000 to study graphic design at a participating Art Institute location, including The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

In partnership with the not-for-profit organization Americans for the Arts, The Art Institutes Poster Design Competition is an opportunity for talented young artists at the high school level to study graphic design, earn a degree and launch a professional career in the graphic design field.

Deadline for entries is February 8, 2008. Judging at the local level will take place by March 28, 2008. National winners will be notified by May 9, 2008. In all, approximately $100,000 in tuition scholarships will be awarded by The Arts Institutes.

According to Byron Chung, campus president, “For many high school students who love to draw and illustrate, the Poster Design Competition is a scholarship opportunity for prospective students to have a career in a field that they are passionate and excited about.” Now in its fifth year, The Art Institutes Poster Design Competition, “encourages and rewards exceptional young artistic talent and nurtures it in a formal, academic setting.” he says.

Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, says that “each year since Americans for the Arts has been working with the Art Institutes, we are amazed at the skill level of high school students who enter the competition. Their ability to channel their creativity and love of the visual arts reflects the importance that art plays in the lives of children of all ages.”

For information on how to enter the Poster Design Competition visit, www.artinstitutes.edu/poster or contact call Melissa Medina-Cosio at 909/915-2109 or toll free to 800/353-0812.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 35 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it has a record of more than 45 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.

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Photo caption: The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire’s Summer Studio program created this poster to represent Inland Agency’s four programs in a unified message. The Summer Studio program gives students the opportunity to find out what its really like to work in the field of graphic arts. “High school seniors interact with clients, create a strategy and then create the campaign to implant the strategy all in a one-week session. We feel it really gives students a great feel for how the design world really works”, said Byron Chung, president of The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire.

NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST SYSTEM OF CULINARY PROGRAMS, THE ART INSTITUTES, INTRODUCES NEW NAME AND CURRICULA

The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes launches today with help from the Food Network

(PITTSBURGH, Penn.)   Today, Education Management LLC announced that the culinary programs offered at The Art Institutes system of schools will be renamed as The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes. Based on the number of locations, the culinary programs offered by The Art Institutes schools represent North America’s largest system of culinary programs. The changes include the Inland Empire campus in San Bernardino, California.

The Art Institutes schools which offer culinary programs will be redesigning their course offerings to expand the international focus, introducing students to an increased number of world cuisines while continuing to emphasize fundamental culinary skills. The new look will be unveiled this Fall through a multi-faceted partnership with TV's Food Network, including television advertisements, show sponsorships and a new Website highlighting The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes.

“Students will be introduced to a world of culinary learning. Our programs will emphasize the fundamental art of cooking and food preparation to feed America’s appetite and the industry’s demand for international cuisine,” says Michael Nenes, MBA, CEC, CCE, assistant vice president of Culinary Arts for The Art Institutes. “Our presence in more than 30 North American markets ensures that aspiring culinary professionals will have access to education close to home, and our new partnership with the Food Network promises to help us build national awareness for the quality of the education our schools deliver.”

The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes will also provide Web-based seminars and guest lectures, featuring an increased focus on a number of world cuisines and hands-on learning opportunities that augment internships and experiences in the schools’ student-run restaurants. Continuing in The Art Institutes’ 15-year tradition of educating future culinary professionals, students study under industry-experienced certified chefs.

About the Food Network relationship, the partnership with the Food Network is designed to enable The Art Institutes schools to leverage the network’s reach among an audience with specific interest in the culinary arts. In addition to a television campaign airing on the Food Network and Fine Living, components include:

1. The Art Institutes sponsorship of “Food Network Challenge,” “Chefography,” “Dinner in the Daytime” and the new “Two Dudes Catering.” “Two Dudes Catering” features two graduates of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook.

2. A new Web site, www.exploreculinary.com, which will provide important information about an education at The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes and unique opportunities such as the “Savor the City” sweepstakes featuring culinary experience prizes at five Art Institute locations early next year.

3. The Food Network will collaborate on The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition 2008, which culminates in a cook-off competition on May 17, 2008, at The Art Institute of Las Vegas. The national competition, in its ninth year, awards more than $250,000 in tuition scholarships to high school seniors interested in pursuing a culinary career. This year, the winner will receive a full-tuition scholarship to a participating Art Institutes school and serve as an “intern for a day” at the Food Network studios. Highlights of the national finals will air on Food Network and Fine Living. For more information on The Best Teen Chef Competition, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/btc/

“Part of our mission at Food Network is to teach viewers how to cook. The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes sponsorship represents a natural partnership,” said Karen Grinthal, senior vice president of ad sales at Food Network. “Food Network viewers will gain awareness of an opportunity that speaks to their passions for food and for learning.”

The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes offer bachelor’s, associate’s, certificates and diploma degree programs in the areas of Culinary Management, Culinary Arts, Baking, Pastry and Beverage Management. Degrees and areas of study vary by location.

To learn more about The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/culinary/ or www.exploreculinary.com or call (909) 915-2100.

About The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes
The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes is North America’s largest system of culinary programs with over 30 locations. Based on classical Escoffier, Asian and Latin culinary techniques, with an emphasis on progressive trends and practices, the schools’ curriculum is designed to develop and sharpen fundamental cooking techniques and professional skills and introduce a variety of international cuisines. Internships, student-run school restaurants, guest lectures and Web-based seminars, and study abroad programs help broaden the scope of learning for students. Program offerings vary at each school. Prospective students should check the course offerings at The Art Institute school they are interested in attending before enrolling. To learn more about The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/culinary or www.exploreculinary.com.

About Education Management LLC

The parent company of The Art Institutes, Education Management (www.edmc.com), with over 80,300 students as of Fall 2006, is among the largest providers of post-secondary education in North America, based on student enrollment and revenue. Education Management has 80 primary locations in 26 states and two Canadian provinces. Education Management's educational institutions offer a broad range of academic programs concentrated in the media arts, design, fashion, culinary arts, behavioral sciences, health sciences, education, information technology, legal studies and business fields, culminating in the award of associate's through doctoral degrees. Education Management has provided career-oriented education for over 40 years.

About The Art Institutes
The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of over 35 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. The Art Institutes schools offer a broad range of programs including: Audio Production, Computer Animation, Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, Industrial Design Technology, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, Photography, Restaurant Management and Video Production. Not all programs are offered at all schools.

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ART INSTITUTE OFFERS NEWLY RENAMED WEB DESIGN & INTERACTIVE MEDIA DEGREE PROGRAM

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire teaches “Web standards” – the guidelines for building Web sites that are defined by the governing body of the Web, The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These standards foster best practices in Website development that serve both users and businesses (see http://webstandards.org).

According to Michael Swank of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s Web Design & Interactive Media program says, “Our grads are entering the workforce as advisors to the industry. Web standards are a critical initiative from our standpoint that our students need to know as they develop Websites more efficiently, make maintenance more practical and improve search engine optimization.”

There is good news for those searching for jobs in the technology field in the months ahead. Continued business expansion and increasing investments in technology are driving demand for skilled IT professionals across North America. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that some IT-related positions are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through 2014.

“Employment is expected to grow faster than average as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies. Job increases will be driven by very rapid growth in computer systems design and related services, which is projected to be one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. economy.” (http://bls.gov/oco/ocos042.htm#outlook).

If you are interested in learning more about the Web Design & Interactive Media program at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, please contact Michael Swank at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or mswank@aii.edu.

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