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Culinary Arts, A.S.*

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Program Design

The Culinary Arts associate degree program will give students the knowledge necessary to be successful in a restaurant or hotel kitchen, or the kitchens of other food services for business and industry dining, health-care facilities and schools. It will also give students the tools and skills to start work for businesses that supply foods at catered events, meeting and conventions centers, and supermarkets.

The Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute. In addition to classroom and laboratory study, students will participate in an individually-planned, 300-hour cooperative work experience program, earning credit toward graduation while employed. Graduates have transferred and earned bachelor’s degrees at such colleges as Johnson & Wales University, Paul Smith’s College, and New England Culinary Institute.

Students are required to purchase their own official kitchen and table service uniforms, as well as culinary tools and cutlery.

In addition to this degree, students may earn a second associate degree in Foodservice Management or Hotel-Tourism Management by taking additional credit hours. Candidates interested in earning double degrees should see a counselor or a hospitality management faculty member. Graduates from this program may apply to the American Culinary Federation (ACF) to become a Certified Cook, a nationally recognized certification.


Students may enroll in this program full- or part-time, day or evening. This program has an active student club that provides a variety of activities to supplement the formal curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Culinary Arts degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Analyze theory and techniques of baking and pastry arts.
  2. Analyze theory and techniques of food preparation and presentation.
  3. Prepare basic foods in quantity, including various regional foods.
  4. Prepare ethnic cuisine in quantity.
  5. Setup and operate the “front of the house.”
  6. Evaluate the establishment and maintenance of a safe and sanitary foodservice operation including Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points and State of Connecticut law.
  7. Decorate layer cakes with molded and sculpted decorations.
  8. Create artisan breads.
  9. Create and cater events.
  10. Summarize basic principles and concepts of the hospitality industry.
  11. Summarize managerial techniques and human resources management practice.
  12. Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving techniques in addressing management problems.
  13. Differentiate styles of marketing, sales analysis and planning for the hospitality industry.
  14. Prepare menus incorporating costs, acquisition and inventory controls.
  15. Transfer acquired knowledge to the world of work.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Total Minimum Credits Required: 64

Dual Degree in Foodservice Management

To complete a dual degree in Foodservice Management, students should take the following courses:


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.

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