In August, Hilton Worldwide and Blackstone announced a partnership with Kendall College in Chicago and the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide a six-month internship and a 26-credit hospitality education program specifically designed for military veterans paid for by the GI Bill. Course work combines both on-property training at a Hilton hotel and instruction from Kendall College professors.
Major hotel brands are helping a very different type of ‘service’ industry and looking to hire U.S. military veterans. Companies such as Hilton Worldwide and La Quinta are making an effort to hire returning personnel as a means to help retiring personnel with the next stage of their lives.
By one estimate, 200,000 military personnel exit the military each year. After serving their country, oftentimes in far-off, dangerous places, these veterans face the prospect of converting their military skills and training into a civilian occupation. For many, that can be a difficult transition.
Kendall College celebrated 80 years of providing quality postsecondary education to Chicago, the Midwest, the nation and abroad with a gala reception at its downtown campus Oct. 16. Started as a junior college in 1934, Kendall has grown to become the leading school in Chicago for preparing students for careers in culinary arts and hospitality management as recognized by leaders in the Chicago restaurant and hotel industry. The reception brought together students, alumni, industry members, faculty, staff and representatives of the Chicago and Illinois community.
The lure of fame and fortune has made the chef profession a first choice for a growing number of people. Culinary schools can help to separate the serious chefs from wanna-be restaurant rock stars. FSR has selected America’s Top 20 culinary schools based on a number of criteria. First and foremost, the schools on our list offer programs that combine comprehensive classroom theory with a solid dose of hands-on work in well-equipped, on-campus kitchen classrooms and labs. Some of the schools on the list also have highly regarded full-service restaurants that are staffed by culinary program students and open to the public. The Dining Room at Kendall College in Chicago, for example, is both Zagat- and Michelin-recommended. So is L’Ecole, the on-campus fine-dining restaurant at the International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York. During their final two months of study,...