As culinary programs dwindle and restaurants hunt for help, community colleges are adding state-of-the-art cooking schools at a friendly price.
While they lack the prestige of the big names, these institutes may be better matched to the current economy. They can be a critical resource for a restaurant business in desperate need of line cooks and other skilled workers, as well as for students trying to start a career without running up big debts.
It's rare for California's community colleges to offer dorms. That's why every semester at Sierra College brings at least one guarantee: a very long wait list for housing in the college’s residence hall.
Help could be on the way: Sierra College is one of four community colleges set to receive tens of millions in state funding to create more affordable on-campus housing for students.