Culinary Arts

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36 hours of community college credit available

Want to be part of an award winning program? This program of study is the basic principles of the food service industry. Food safety, sanitation, personal safety, food handling skills, knife skills, nutrition, customer service and cooking techniques highlight this program. Students learn what the nation’s largest employer expects them to know and the wide range of opportunities available in the food service industry. Hands-on experience is an integral part of the program featuring working lab sessions on a large variety of kitchen equipment. Students learn tasks involved in front of the house operations, back of the house operations and receive their food handler’s card from the local regulatory agency. The second year provides history and depth of knowledge of the industry and allows the student to understand the concept of proven and varied cooking techniques used worldwide. Students learn about food costing, menu planning and profitability. Students meeting the qualification and with the recommendation of the instructor will have the opportunity to compete in culinary competitions on the state and national level. Students will take lead roles in the operation of our campus restaurant and further their experience in the real world food service operations. Second year students have the opportunity to become ServSafe Certified and earn certification for the National Restaurant Association ProStart Program.

Adult students are encouraged to attend all day and complete program in one year.  

How to Apply

  1. Schedule to take the WorkKeys with the CTC Assessment Office (573.334.0826) and obtain required scores: 

    • Graphic Literacy-3

    • Applied Math-4

    • Workplace Documentation-4

  2. Complete an application & make deposit ($100)

  3. Provide proof of HS graduation (or GED)

  4. Submit background check form

Class schedule

August - May (Following the Cape Girardeau Public Schools Calendar)

Monday - Friday
Morning block schedule is 8:25 - 10:50
Afternoon block schedule is 12:00 - 2:40

For more information call 573.334.0826 and speak to one of our advisors.