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    Le Cordon Bleu to End Culinary Classes in U.S.
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    Students crowd around a sink during a butchery class at the Le Cordon Bleu program at California Culinary Academy April 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California.

    Le Cordon Bleu is almost through with teaching cooking classes in the U.S., the culinary school's parent company announced Wednesday.

    The last day to enroll at one of its 16 U.S. campuses is January 4, 2016, while current students already progressing through classes can continue until they graduate as part of a school "teach-out."

    Over 115 years old, Le Cordon Blue may be best known as the school where renowned chef Julia Child took classes in Paris starting in 1950. Its schools in America are overseen by Career Education Corporation, which made the announcement Wednesday morning.

    The company's president and CEO, Todd Nelson, said in a news release that it had sought a new owner for Le Cordon Bleu North America but found that this process was better for current students and enabled the company to maintain its rights over the Le Cordon Bleu brand.

    "We will continue with our plan to refocus Career Education's resources on predominantly online university education," Nelson said, in a statement that said "new federal regulations" hamper career schools with high operating costs.

    The Schaumburg, Illinois-based company has campuses in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Scottsdale and Seattle.