Program Overview

At the Academy of Culinary Arts, you can work toward a degree, take specialized courses, or just develop basic job skills. We offer accredited degree programs and certificate programs, that you can take on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time classes meet 7 a.m.-noon, 12:30-5:30 p.m., or 5-10 p.m. In addition, the college's continuing education division offers a five-month non-credit culinary arts program. All programs are designed to prepare you for the real-world challenges of the food and beverage industry. We can help you construct a program that’s right for your goal.

Some sample career goals:

  • Own your own restaurant
  • Just plain learn to cook
  • Create elegant desserts, all day long
  • Work weekdays only, in a corporate cafeteria
  • Manage a retail bakery
  • Bake beautiful wedding cakes
  • Run a family-restaurant franchise.

Associate in Applied Science degree programs

Degree programs feature hands-on and academic training, plus an externship for real work experience in the U.S. or in Europe. After graduation, you can seek a job or transfer to a four-year college. You choose from three tracks:

Option: Some students who have degrees or don’t need a college degree take only the culinary courses and graduate with a certificate in approximately three semesters.

Specialization certificate programs

Specialization programs allow you to concentrate on a specific area or delve more deeply into a topic. You can complete certificate requirements in just two semesters. Many people who take these courses are already in the foodservice industry, or changing careers. Choose among four tracks:

Culinary Training Program

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If you’re eager to get started right away in an entry-level job cooking or baking, the non-credit five month culinary training program can position you to succeed. While you learn the foodservice basics, you’ll earn a nationally recognized certificate in sanitation, as well as a certificate that testifies to your culinary skills.

Chart of programs at the Academy

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