The Culinary Arts program at Orange Coast College provides an in-depth course of study and the Advanced Certificate is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission. Studies consist of a Basic Certificate of Achievement, which becomes the first stage of the Advanced Certificate of Achievement. A student could proceed to the Associate in Science degree by completing the general education requirements for graduation. The heart of the Culinary Arts program is hands-on laboratory instruction, which is reinforced by supplemental lectures.
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- Culinary Arts: The outcome of the Culinary Arts Program is to meet the needs of the world-wide culinary community by preparing students for entry-level employment in a commercial kitchen.
- Advanced Culinary Arts: The outcome of the Advanced Culinary Arts Program is to meet the needs of the world-wide culinary community by preparing students for employment as professional and competent culinarians.
- Baking & Pastry: The outcome of the Baking and Pastry Program is to meet the needs of retail and wholesale baking and pastry establishments, by preparing students for entry-level employment as professional and competent bakers, pastry cooks, or pastry entrepreneurs.
- Advanced Baking & Pastry: Students will be prepared for employment as professional and competent bakers and pastry cooks or pastry entrepreneurs of retail and wholesale baking and pastry establishments.
Mission Statement of the Culinary Arts Program:
The Culinary Department provides students with Associates Degrees in Advanced Culinary Arts, and Advanced Baking and Pastry as well as Occupational Certificates and career and technical education. The Department serves the economic and workforce development needs of the local community and is committed to student success.
Federal Gainful Employment Report
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