Straight after graduating from High School, I began my search for what Culinary School I wanted to attend. I looked at Le Cordon Bleu and The Art Institutes, but they were all too expensive, and I figured that I can just go to a Community College which is cheaper. Below is the school I am attending. http://www.cypresscollege.edu/acade...tion/HotelRestaurantCulinaryArts/CulinaryArts Anyways... Currently I am in general education classes. I have NO culinary classes as of now, and I feel like I am in High School all over again! I feel deprived of my passion! I want to cook! I want to work in a kitchen! I have worked in a professional kitchen before, so I have a little experience, but I am no where NEAR where I should be. My parents (I am 1 won't allow me to work at a restaurant while I am in school, because they prefer that I focus 1000% on school. Here is my issue! I feel like I am not tackling my dream. I am taking an English,Theater,and a Counseling class.... These classes have NOTHING to do with my career choice. I was forced to take these classes because, in order to get my Associates degree, I need general education courses, and these classes were the only ones I could get I spoke to my counselor and she told me, that I am a hands on type of person, and I shouldn't be bored out of my mind in an academic environment. She said that I need to be learning hands on. She told me that next semester I can just go ahead and take my culinary arts courses (Where I will be learning hands on) and I can just get a certificate that is completed with a internship, or I can stay in the classes I am in and attain my Associates Degree. My question to the experienced Chefs on this forum is: Must a chef have an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts? Or will a certificate of skills work too? Should I just go straight into the Culinary Arts program where I will be gaining experience in the kitchen, or should I just wait and stay in my general education classes? Thank you!