Culinary Arts Associate Degree | Northcentral Technical College

Culinary Arts

Associate Degree

The Culinary Arts Associate Degree program is for learners who are passionate about food. If you are interested in becoming a professional cook, chef, baker, pastry chef, institutional cook, kitchen assistant, or other culinary professional, then this program is for you. Learners will have the opportunity to practice and apply skills learned in cooking methods, baking, sanitation, menu planning, nutrition, dining room operations, fine dining, cost control and management. Restaurant professionals work long hours on their feet, multi-task and interact with the customer to provide an excellent dining experience. Learners will hone the skills necessary for developing and creating dishes that are visually appealing and full of flavor. Potential occupations include: Prep Cook, Line Cook, Garde Manger, Sous Chef, Chef, Head Cook, First Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Staff, Banquet Chef, Catering Manager and Baker.

program at a Glance

Culinary Arts 69 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo General Studies Only
  • Medford General Studies Only
  • Phillips General Studies Only
  • Spencer General Studies Only
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

Approximate Cost

$15,526 (Tuition: $12184, Books: $3342)

Average Starting Salary

$19,781 According to Economic Modeling Specialists International.

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program Outcomes

  • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operation
  • Relate food service operations to sustainability
  • Plan menus
  • Analyze and manage food service financial information
  • Demonstrate culinary skills
  • Apply principles of nutrition

Potential Careers

  • Prep Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Garde-Manger
  • Sous Chef
  • Chef
  • Head Cook
  • First Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Staff
  • Banquet Chef
  • Catering Manager
  • Baker

Course List

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Course List

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Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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