SHA/CIA Alliance launches new website

Jul 01, 2011

Contact: Ashlee McGandy, 607-254-1368,

The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration/The Culinary Institute of America Alliance has launched a new website,, to provide a central location for all news related to the alliance and its initiatives. Visitors will be able to find updates on the collaborative degree program (a unique offering that enables students at either institution to get both degrees in an abbreviated timeframe), details about future or past events, alumni information, and much more.

The new site features information for prospective students, alumni, and employers. An event calendar lists upcoming information sessions and gatherings; alumni spotlights and testimonials underscore the success of the collaborative degree program; career-related links and event postings highlight both traditional and unconventional food jobs. Alumni can use the site to engage with other graduates of the program, learn about networking opportunities, and update personal information.

“The SHA/CIA Alliance is a truly unique partnership. As it grows, this new site will  not only be a focal point for our anchor program but will continue to evolve as a forum for new initiatives,” notes Emily Franco, SHA ’92, director of the SHA/CIA Alliance.

Launched in 2005, the SHA/CIA Alliance enhances educational opportunities for students and serves the hospitality industry through education, research, and professional skills development. Since its inception, over 70 students have enrolled in the collaborative degree program, the cornerstone of the alliance. Through this program students at both colleges are able to earn two degrees—an Associate in Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts from the CIA and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University—in four to four and a half years, gaining versatile culinary arts and business management skills. The SHA/CIA Alliance also sponsors food career exploration events, facilitates faculty interaction between the two institutions, and continues to create new collaborative educational initiatives. For more information, visit the new site at