Food Service Management – Commercial

You’re ready to launch your own catering business. Or maybe you’re eager to move into restaurant management and make more money. In either case, OCC Career Advantage has restaurant management programs that will help you reach your goals. Earn a certificate or an associate degree that will give you the skills you need for a supervisory or management role in food service operations at restaurants or catering businesses. If you’re ready to move ahead in management or ready to launch your own successful catering business, you can take the next step at OCC. Read on to learn more about your options.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Food Production Management

Dining Room Management
Sanitation and Safety

Did you know?

Many employees in this sector have built career pathways from entry-level jobs to higher-paying positions: 80 percent of restaurant owners and 90 percent of restaurant managers report their first job in the industry was an entry-level position, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in food service management.

Build upon your skills if you’re already employed in the field. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Prepare to launch your own catering business or for a position in a hotel or restaurant catering department. Learn about cost accountability, organization and management, menu pricing, selling, advertising and promotion, and preparing and serving food. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for an entry-level position as a food service supervisor managing food service operations in commercial establishments, such as restaurants and hotels. Courses cover a variety of subjects, including food preparation, hospitality, sanitation, management, accounting and nutrition. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Prepare for an entry-level position as a food service supervisor in a commercial setting, such as restaurants and hotels. The associate degree is designed to meet the needs of the local hospitality and food service industry. Completion of the Restaurant Supervision Certificate of Achievement is a prerequisite for this program. View program detail in course catalog.


To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers online, evening and weekend courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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