Details to follow, but I'm thinking about creating a community education culinary program. This would be different than the CE classes I've taught in the past since I won't be running this through the college or rec depts. Also, this would be different from the culinary classes I teach at the college since this would be strictly community ed/professional development stuff- not for credit. Why? Yesterday our CC dropped our affiliation with the American culinary federation. That's public knowledge, why it happened I can't go into, but this is a huge deal. Our culinary program is now a freelance culinary program. My husband and I have been teachers in this program since day 1. I started the culinary program and ran it for 4 years (literally, including obtaining accreditation) so this is one thing I know well. In addition, any changes the program has underwent through the years I've been the "go to" for curriculum rewrites. I have (literally) written the courses for every course in our program. There are problems with that program that center around it's length (it's too long) it's apprenticeship component (too many hours) it's transfer limitations (students don't understand why their AAS degree doesn't transfer) and its growth (we now place students at fast food restaurants to accommodate the surge of students). We have consistency issues, improper methods being taught, and now employ more adjuncts than any other dept. Quality of adjuncts is alllllll over the map- including some of our own program's former students who dropped out. <sigh> I have an idea- an idea that I'm bursting about. My passion for my field had fizzled, and I was really just plain burnt out. Most of you know I'd considered a career change, and just short of applying, I decided to wait before jumping ship completely. But, I think I have found something that really taps into my strength and talent, as well as uses my network in this community. I'd like to open a community based culinary training program. This wouldn't be a college- it would be professional development/community ed- so no accreditation issues to deal with. I think I can do it in less time (9 month program instead of 3 years), for less money (for the student over 3 years), and with more integrity (I won't expand on that too much- use your imagination). I need feedback and aspects to consider that I might not be aware of. I'm only brainstorming, but I want to go in the right direction. Any thoughts???