Culinary Arts

This degree blends professional and technical courses in the culinary arts with hands-on training that provides graduates with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills to be successful in the food service industry.

Culinary Arts

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Program Information

The restaurant and foodservice industry is one of the fastest growing occupational sectors with a need for well-trained and skilled professionals. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts blends professional and technical courses in the culinary arts with general academic courses that provide graduates with the technical knowledge and hands on skills needed to be successful in the foodservice industry. The required internship provides students with the opportunity to apply and put into practice what they are learning in a real-time setting and to gain insight into their chosen field.

Occupational Objectives: Career opportunities in the restaurant and foodservice industry include: chefs, sous chefs, pastry chefs, personal chefs and line cooks at casual and fine dining restaurants as well as hotels, resorts and country clubs. The Associate of Applied Science Degree prepares students for immediate employment upon graduation.

Financial Requirements: In addition to regular college tuition and fees, the Culinary Arts AAS degree requires students to purchase the following:

Approved uniforms items: chef jacket with logo, b & w houndstooth chef pants, slip resistant black kitchen shoes, hat, bib apron$185.00 +/-          
Supplies: medium black Sharpie marker, yellow highlighter, basic pocket calculator, pocket size notebook$25.00 +/-
Textbook and other supplies (vary by class)$500.00 +/-
Approved tool kit$425.00 +/-

Required Uniform and Tool Kits: Students enrolled in HRI laboratory courses must wear the approved uniform and bring the  approved tool kit to class. Specifications will be presented at orientation sessions.  All required items are available through the campus bookstore, where financial aid may be used to assist with purchases.

Orientation to the Program: Attendance at an information session is required before enrolling in Culinary Arts classes. Information sessions will be held in-person (or can be scheduled virtually, via Zoom) during the late spring and summer before each fall semester intake.  Dates and sign-up information will be posted here at a later time. For more information please contact Caitlin McCabe.

Graduation Requirements

Students in all degree programs are required to take one Civic Engagement (CE) to graduate. The CE course for this program is HRI 256.

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