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Article: Chicago Summer Business Institute at The French Pastry School

Chicago Summer Business Institute at The French Pastry School
The French Pastry School |
June 22, 2010

The French Pastry School at City Colleges of Chicago is eager to formulate relationships with different groups and members of the community who share a similar philosophy and goal – namely, to provide education and incentives for young people to become successful professionals.

A reception was held at the school on June 22, 2010 for the Chicago Summer Business Institute which provides paid internships for Chicago high school students and introduces them to the financial services sector. Since 1991, this organization's goal has been to give its participants an incentive to continue their education while preparing them for the business world. The French Pastry School supports them in their mission of combining on-the-job experience with classroom education.

Many students in The French Pastry School’s full-time program, L’Art de la Pâtisserie are recent high school and college graduates with little work experience. The school helps them set up “stages” or job shadowing opportunities with many different businesses around the city of Chicago, as well as internship and job opportunities upon graduation. Students also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships to pursue a full-time education at The French Pastry School through their foundation, For the Love of Chocolate.

Present at the reception were around 100 members of the Chicago Summer Business Institute, faculty and staff members of The French Pastry School, and Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago, Cheryl Hyman. Chancellor Hyman shared words of congratulations, saying both organizations were admirable examples of mentors who “educate the youth to succeed.” Chef Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F., co-founder and Dean of The French Pastry School, also addressed the guests, speaking about the importance of mentorship in all industries.