Hi all. I was recently accepted to the CIA in Hyde Park. I'll be going for my Associates; since I've spent a few years in the industry, I have the option of going for the Associates for ACE Students program. This accelerated program cuts out the standard 6-month externship and begins in April (with the regular program, I would begin in January). I was wondering if any CIA students/alumni here have done the ACE program and can comment on it. An accelerated program like that seems like a great choice, but I'm not sure if I'd be missing out on any opportunities an externship might bring. Having a background in Thai/Asian cuisine, I'm also somewhat apprehensive about having the necessary base knowledge in French/Western cuisine that the program seems to expect. Thanks for any input/comments /img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumb.gif .