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Thanks for your interest in Pittsburgh Technical Institute. As the marketplace continues to become more competitive, PTI builds curriculums designed to give you the skills you need to compete. In fact, because we know you’re busy, we’ve created online programs that allow you to earn your certificate or associate’s degree on your own time.
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At PTI, we make it easy for you to balance school with the rest of your life. You’ll have access to programs designed by industry insiders, career placement services, industry-recognized certifications and financial aid if you qualify.
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OCI is a subsidiary of Pioneer Pacific College, independent and locally-owned. Founded by two partners who have been part of the Portland food scene for over 25 years, OCI was designed as a culinary institute that puts students first.
Our curriculum emphasizes real world, hands-on training. Our knowledgeable and experienced chef instructors are committed to student success, and teach skills that graduates will actually use in their careers. You will be an active participant in your education, in both classrooms and labs. And you'll have the opportunity to work in our own student-operated fine-dining restaurant. The experience is well rounded and designed to result in graduates who possess the confidence they need to enter the workforce successfully.
Beyond skills training, we focus on a fresh farm-to-table approach to cooking, while teaching food ethics and the business of owning and operating a restaurant in today’s world of sustainable responsibility and practice. It’s a curriculum not often taught, but one we believe to be invaluable.
We take cooking seriously, but we have fun as we go. Our goal is to foster an environment that instills a love for learning, even long after graduation. Your OCI experience may take you out of the classroom and into the wild with trips to forage for mushrooms or for edible inner tidals.
Portland cuisine has become the stuff of legend, and it leads the way for the rest of the nation. Farm-to-table. Seasonal. Focus on local. These are not the exceptions in Portland, but the norm. Looking for the next big culinary trend? Look to Portland. We believe if you can work in Portland, you can work anywhere.
Looking for a great educational experience to launch your culinary career? For job opportunities while going to school, externship placements with your goals in mind, and post-graduate jobs? Then look to OCI.
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) accredits Pioneer Pacific College to award Certificates, Diplomas, Associate’s Degrees and Bachelor’s Degrees. The ACICS is listed as a nationally-recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) also recognizes its accreditation of degree-granting institutions. The ACICS may be reached at 750 First Street NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4241, 202.336.6780.
About Star Career Academy
Star Career Academy - the career school of choice. What makes us unique, and unlike other trade schools, is the dedication of our staff to provide performance-based occupational training. Students will be prepared for entry-level employment in allied medical assisting and other health fields, hotel/restaurant management, cosmetology, or a choice from our professional baking or culinary programs. Students gain the knowledge and confidence they need so that they may quickly gain the skills necessary for employment and achieve the success they desire. Choose from any of our convenient locations in New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania.
Star Career Academy graduates are employed in a wide variety of settings across the country, from restaurants and hotels to hospitals and physician’s offices.
* Career changer Michele Rogers, a medical assistant at Advanced Urgent Care in Langhorne, Pa. says "Star Career Academy has wonderful instructors and a great clinical…which really prepared me for my current position."
* Nigerian immigrant Julius Ogbu, a unit assistant at Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, Pa. adds “Thanks to Star, I am doing what I love to do, and I am 100 percent dedicated to it."
* Long Island (NY) Chef Barrett Beyer, a Season 11 contestant on Hell’s Kitchen says, “Star helped me to learn how to work as a member of a team in the kitchen and also be creative as an individual. Today I can tell people that I am a chef and I have been places only few have been to in such a short period of time.”
Financial Assistance Programs Available
Financial aid programs offer a way to bridge the gap between what the student and family can provide and what it will cost to attend the school if you qualify.
Star Career Academy uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for Federal Financial Aid Programs.
You do not have to be from a low-income family to qualify for financial aid, but you do have to be a person with a “financial need.” Your need is the difference between what it costs to attend any of the technical schools, culinary schools, or medical training programs at Star Academy, and what you and your family can contribute.
Star Career Academy Accreditation
Accreditation is an approval process a school goes through to validate the quality of their programs, the education they provide, and their dedication to continually improve their school. The particular career school accreditation Star Career Academy has acquired (ACCSC) recognizes and assesses our career programs against accepted standards of performance, integrity, and quality. A list of the accreditation, approvals, and memberships associated with Star Career Academy can be seen below.
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
New York State Department of Education
Approval for Veterans' Training
Approval for I-20 Status
Job Training Partnership Act
Pennsylvania Department of Health
BONENT Approved Programs (Egg Harbor & Long Island Campuses)
BONENT Certified Testing Center (Egg Harbor & Long Island Campuses)
Suffolk County Dept of Labor
American Culinary Federation Foundation (Long Island, NY Location)
American Hotel and Lodging Association
National Restaurant Association
International Association of Culinary Professionals
Chambers of Commerce (Syosset, NY; Brick, NJ; Greater Philadelphia)
Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission
Long Island Hotel & Lodging Association
We are a National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) approved testing facility and a National Healthcare Association (NHA) approved testing site.
The career school accreditation, approvals, and memberships listed on this page apply to all the Star Career Academy campuses located in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
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