Program Overview

student in greenhouseAt 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 or 12:30-5:30 p.m. In addition, the college's continuing education division offers a two-month and a six-month non-credit culinary training 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.

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 finish with a certificate.

One-Year certificate programs

These one-year certificate programs offer the basics for entry-level positions so you can quickly get into the workplace.
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.

Culinary Training Program

If you're eager to get started right away in an entry-level job cooking or baking, the non-credit two month and six 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.  For more information please email Michele Matulevich at