The Beginner’s Guide to Hospitality and Culinary Management Careers

written by Georgia Schumacher 24 March 2015

If you are a natural leader, enjoy helping others, and want to work in an energetic, upbeat environment, a career in hotel, culinary, or event management might be the perfect fit for your personality and skill set! Hospitality and culinary management careers can give you a chance to meet new people, travel extensively, and improve other people's lives.

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A degree or certificate program in the area of culinary or hospitality management can prepare you for a variety of jobs managing events, overseeing restaurants, or moving all the way up to managing a top-tier hotel. It all depends on what you want and what you’re willing to work toward! Here are three common career areas in which you may decide to take your future!

1. Hotel management

As one might expect, many hotel management graduates opt for careers in the hotel industry. As a hotel manager, you'll interact frequently with guests and employees and be responsible for ensuring that the hotel service, appearance, and revenue meets expectations. New graduates may start as management trainees, eventually moving into supervisory and management positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for lodging managers was $46,810 in 2012.

2. Culinary management

Culinary management is a fast-paced industry in which you will have a chance to work with employees and the public as you plan and manage a business in the culinary field. Your responsibilities can range from purchasing and cost control, to training and supervising workers, to overseeing quality standards in food preparation. According to the BLS, management occupations in restaurants and other eating places had a median annual salary of $58,640 in 2013.

3. Event management

Event managers are responsible for planning and creating successful events such as weddings, conventions, and trade shows. As an event manager, you should be ready to juggle multiple responsibilities! You'll set up schedules, approve event marketing strategies, supervise decorations, book entertainment acts, and finalize catering menus. The BLS estimates that jobs in this field will grow 33% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average 11% growth for all occupations.

At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, we offer 4 programs in the field of Culinary Management, including the Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management and Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management. Our Certificate programs include Event Management and Food & Beverage Operations. Explore our programs, or request more information today!

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division does not guarantee employment or any particular level of compensation following graduation. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

10 Spring Fashion Trends You Need to Know

written by Georgia Schumacher 20 March 2015

Spring FashionThe end of winter and arrival of warmer weather means fashion shows across the world are bringing new creative spring trends to life. After all, it's time to put the cold gear aside and bring out your spring wardrobe.

As a student or ambitious professional in the fashion marketing field, being aware of the following 10 popular fashion trends for spring 2015 could help you attain the professional attention you desire this season.

1. Trouser Suit

Sophisticated yet casual, the trouser suit for spring 2015 sheds its traditional, stagnant look and takes on a stylish flair. Designers like Chanel have made sure this suit truly shimmers. It's a look that's elegant enough for a formal gathering, but light enough to wear to the coffee shop.

2. Pastel Outfit

It's been trending this way for several years. But wearing pastel colored dresses and suits this spring is essential, regardless of whether you'll be donning suede, cotton, or polyester. Think cooled-down purples, mustard yellows, and soft reds.

3. Baggy Trousers

Louis Vuitton is just one of the many designers to roll out high-waisted wide legged trousers with flared hems. It simply accentuates any figure nicely.

4. Crop Tops

Crop tops may have seemed to be going out of style, but they are clearly still a choice item in the fashion world, as evidenced at New York Fashion Week. The midriff-baring style can be worn with a variety of skirts, pants, or shorts, giving it incredible versatility.

5. White Outfit

In addition to colorful outfits, white outfits are also becoming incredibly popular this spring. White hats, suits, shoes, and dresses provide the crisp, cutting-edge appearance people want.

6. Shirt Dresses

Shirt dresses sound a lot tamer than what they are. However, fashion designers have given the shirt dress a fresh and bold appearance for 2015, with double high slits, drop waists, and many low-cut options. Look for it to be widely worn this spring and for years to come.

7. Denim Jeans

Denim is certain to be a common spring fashion sight in 2015, but it's much more than just the classic appearance. For spring 2015, flared jeans are in, while slim-cut are out. Additionally, embellished jeans, such as those offered by Dolce and Gabbana, are going to be seen a lot.

8. Bohemian Dress

While many fashion enthusiasts may be seen wearing less on the first day of spring, the Bohemian dress is a welcome alternative for those who want something classy and not as revealing. The long, floor-touching Bohemian dresses by Vera Wang and others are gorgeously colored and fit comfortably around the body.

9. Bermuda Shorts

Yes, these long-time favorites have returned. Why? Because Bermuda shorts pair wonderfully with a sweater and suit a range of activities -- from golfing to a cocktail party.

10. Statement Blazers

Gucci and other designers have begun to unveil statement blazers. Boldly and articulately designed, these blazers stand out with clean yet confident designs and a look that's certainly noticeable.

Interested in Fashion Marketing & Management? See what educational opportunities we have to offer!

4 Ways to Make Your Favorite Meals More Nutritious

written by Georgia Schumacher 13 March 2015

VegetablesMarch is National Nutrition Month! This is a great time to focus on making wise food choices and developing healthy lifestyle habits for the year ahead.

The old phrase, “you are what you eat,” may sound a little ridiculous, but, in some ways, it’s true. If you want to look and feel your best, you have to pay attention to what you’re eating.

If you’re interested in the area of culinary management, you know more than most that people are trying harder than ever to eat healthy. Talented professionals like you are tasked with finding nutritious options that taste good, so customers can enjoy their food, without sacrificing their health.

4 Easy Makeovers for Your Favorite Meals

Whether you’re making dinner at home or looking for a way to lighten up some of the offerings on your menu, the following four recipe substitutes can majorly improve the nutritional value of many of your most beloved dishes.

1. Swap Unsweetened Applesauce for Sugar

You might be surprised — and a bit disgusted — to learn that one cup of sugar can contain more than 770 calories! Enjoy the sweetness without the excess calories by substituting sugar with unsweetened applesauce. One cup of applesauce has just 100 calories, so you can enjoy your favorite dish guilt-free! You can substitute equal amounts of unsweetened applesauce for sugar, by reducing the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of applesauce used.

2. Substitute Plain Greek Yogurt for Mayonnaise

Many delicious meals include a healthy amount of mayonnaise. While it may taste incredible, this creamy sauce should never be consumed in large amounts. One cup of mayonnaise has a whopping 1,495 calories and 165 grams of fat! Make a dish significantly healthier by swapping in non-fat plain Greek yogurt. One container of plain Chobani yogurt has just 90 calories, allowing you to consume just a small fraction of the calories. The difference in taste is barely noticeable, but the nutritional value is drastic. This swap can also be used for sour cream.

3. Replace Meat with Veggies

Lighten up some of your favorite dishes, such as lasagna, pizza and chili by swapping out meat for veggies. There’s no need to do this every night of the week, but even one or two days can make a very big difference. For example, one pound of 70% lean ground beef has 1,506 calories and 136 grams of fat, whereas one pound of green peppers has just 91 calories and 0.77 grams of fat. This is a great way to healthify your favorite meals, so you can enjoy them more often.

4. Choose Balsamic Vinegar Over Olive Oil and Salad Dressing

Not only is balsamic vinegar low in calories, it also tastes delicious and offers a number of health benefits. It can help to stabilize blood cholesterol levels, lower systolic blood pressure and stabilize blood glucose levels. One tablespoon of balsamic vinegar has just 14 calories and zero grams of fat, while the same amount of olive oil packs in 119 calories and 14 grams of fat, and ranch salad dressing contains 145 calories and 15 grams of fat. Of course it doesn’t always make sense to substitute balsamic vinegar into your recipes, but try to do so when it works.

You’re Invited: March Student Events

written by Georgia Schumacher 6 March 2015

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There’s never a dull moment at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division! Register now for these online events and find even more webinars on the Campus Common Events Calendar!

Upcoming March Events

Online Library Orientation
Sunday, March 8, 9pm ET
Brand new to the Online Library? We recommend this orientation session, hosted by library staff and introducing everything our Online Library has to offer.

Meet the Program Directors
Thursday, March 12, 7pm ET and Saturday, March 14, 12pm ET
Come meet the Hotel & Restaurant Management and Culinary Management Program Directors – Gaye Warren & Seth Selke -- in an open call in townhall forum! Feel free to introduce yourself and discuss anything that’s on your mind, concerns, questions, and ideas regarding your program experience including any Portfolio concerns.

eBooks in the Online Library
Sunday, March 15, 9pm ET
Attend this session to find out how to search, read, save, and download eBooks. The Art Institutes Online Library offers over 150,000 eBooks on a variety of subjects including culinary arts, technology, web design, fashion and more.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Chef Certification!
Thursday, March 19, 7pm ET
Join us for a presentation by faculty member Chef Collen Engle, CEC (Certified Executive Chef) and CCE (Certified Culinary Educator), to learn more about what is American Culinary Federation chef certification, the different levels available, what it represents, and how to achieve it. This workshop will also discuss the cost and the time needed to achieve certification.

Image and Video Collections in the Online Library
Thursday, March 19, 7pm ET
Become skilled at searching and selecting images, as well as printing, saving, and reviewing copyright information. Attend this workshop to learn how to get the most out of AP Images, Graphic Stock, Image Quest, and VideoBlocks. Learn how to access and download royalty free stock images, royalty free stock footage and motion backgrounds.

Sound and Audio Collections in the Online Library
Saturday, March 21, 2pm ET
Need royalty-free stock footage, sound effects, or production music for your school project? This workshop will show you how to search for and find these resources, and discuss how you can use these resources legally and ethically.

Web Design Q&A
Thursday, March 26, 8:30pm ET
Our Q&A Student Webinars are intended to provide greater insight and support in three key areas: Portfolio Prep, Freelance & Internships, and Web Design. Content and general discussion will be directed to Graphic Design/Digital Design students, but faculty members and students from other programs are welcome.

Weekly Meetings

Math LIVE!
Held Mondays, Thursdays, & Saturdays
Each webinar is a 60-minute informal study session with a full-time math faculty member in which you can ask math questions, enrich your grasp on the class material, and gain useful assignment guidance. By attending a Math LIVE! event, you may also be eligible to receive bonus points in your math course.

The Mad Professor's Drawing Room - Live Online with Nina Stanley
Held Sundays at 3pm ET, Wednesdays at 5pm ET and Fridays at 12pm ET
Login to your computer, put on your headset and take part in an open studio with faculty member Nina Stanley! Spend the first 20 minutes drawing short gestures, then work on a “long pose” for another 45 minutes or so. Come for the whole time or just for a little bit – the choice is yours!

International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
Held weekly on Wednesdays at 9pm ET
Learn more here about IGDA meetings and why all students interested in game design are encouraged to join!

Remember, you can register for all of these events and find pre-recorded events on the Events page in the Campus Common!

To request disability related accommodations for a virtual event please contact the event organizer in advance at jminnaugh@aii.edu.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division Featured in Military Advanced Education’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities

written by Georgia Schumacher 3 March 2015

MAE logoThe Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division is pleased to announce that we have been named a Top School in the Military Advanced Education’s (MAE) 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities for best practices in military and veteran education.

The MAE Guide, developed based on a questionnaire regarding military-friendly policies, is intended to inform students about schools that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid for veterans, flexibility, on-campus support, and online support services.

The 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities is available to search online at www.kmimediagroup.com.

As part of The Art Institutes system of schools, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division provides a broad array of programs in the areas of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary arts for active duty service members, reservists, veterans, military spouses, and families. Our online programs provide additional flexibility for military personnel who may be sent overseas during their study.

“The Art Institute of Pittsburgh–Online Division proudly offers educational opportunities for military members and veterans who have honorably served and their families,” said Kristen Woods, Regional Vice President at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. “We have a proud tradition and strong record of serving our nation’s veterans and their families and share a deep gratitude to the men and women who keep America safe. We are honored to be recognized for our military efforts among other premiere institutions of higher learning.”

In late 2014, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division also received the honor of being named a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® magazines.

To learn more about how we support the educational needs of military and veteran students, please visit http://new.artinstitutes.edu/admissions/details/militaryveterans.