Associate Degrees

Students with computers

In the computer lab, students experiment with foodservice software such as menu programs, dietary analysis programs, purchasing programs, recipe conversion programs, develop menus and determine nutritional values.

Even when jobs are plentiful, employers today often look for someone with a degree. An associate degree can give you a jump on the competition, or help you move up quickly. To prepare you for real-world challenges, the Academy’s program covers:

  • Basic food tastes, food combinations, and ways to prepare food to please customers
  • Special skills for preparing food and making it look attractive, for instance food garnishes, ornate sculptures, and pastry displays
  • The tools, layout and procedures to operate a successful kitchen
  • Liberal arts courses that will help you communicate as a successful professional in the world of culinary management.

Three Programs

You’ll choose from three different programs for Associate degrees:

With traditional college courses like English and history included, these programs let you easily move on to a four-year college program later, if you want to.


If you’re not aiming for a degree but want the same level of culinary training, you can opt for just the 47 credits of this program, without the general education credits. If you decide along the way to go for the associate degree, your credits will count toward that.