Since 1946, The Culinary Institute of America has greatly expanded its programs both within the college and with its alumni constituency, with a clearly defined purpose: to create and maintain the premier college for culinary education. In the process, the CIA Alumni Network has grown to more than 50,000 professionals working in all areas of the foodservice, beverage, and hospitality industries throughout the U.S. and the world.
As a part of CIA Advancement, The Statler Alumni Relations Office focuses on integrating CIA alumni into regional and national programs that benefit their professional growth and provide support for the college, both academically and financially. CIA alumni are involved in virtually every area of college advancement, including recruitment, admissions, student mentoring, career placement, fundraising, regional receptions, and other special CIA presentations.
The CIA welcomes graduates as members of the CIA Alumni Network and its online community, located at www.ciaalumninetwork.com. The college offers alumni lifelong access to career placement assistance and continuing education programs to keep them updated on colleagues and new programs, activities, and industry advancement. Upon graduation, new alumni are issued an alumni pin, as well as an ID card that qualifies them for discounts in CIA restaurants, on certain continuing education courses and conferences, on alumni merchandise, and in the Spice Islands Campus Store and Marketplace at the CIA's California campus. The CIA's Alumni Weekend and other regional alumni receptions are held throughout the country and bring graduates together to build camaraderie and provide an outlet for social and business networking.