Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

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With a focus on food preparation and production skills, nutrition, and food safety and sanitation, the Culinary Arts Certificate program prepares students for various entry-level positions in the food service industry. Classes in this financial aid-eligible certificate program provide practical, hands-on culinary experience in a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, guided by master chefs. Individuals not pursuing the certificate program, but very interested in increasing their culinary knowledge and skills, can select any of the courses listed below, based on their own interests. Classes may also be taken as electives towards a degree. The total required hours for the certificate is 30 hours. Students do not have to take all of the classes listed. You can choose which 10 of the 11 classes to take for the certificate.  To view full course descriptions, click here.

  • CULA 405, Food Sanitation & Safety
  • CULA 410, Culinary Essentials
  • CULA 415, Methods & Principles
  • CULA 420, Bakeshop I
  • CULA 425, Bakeshop II
  • CULA 430, Salads, Sandwiches & Hors d'Oeuvres
  • CULA 435, Stocks, Sauces, & Soups
  • CULA 440, Meats, Poultry, Fish & Eggs
  • CULA 445, Vegetables & Starches
  • CULA 450, Nutrition & Menu Planning
  • CULA 455, Serving the Customer

If you are a Junior or Senior in High School in the DACC District, a 12-credit hour College Express Culinary Arts Program is available with condensed versions of the courses from our 30-credit hour Program.  Ask your High School Guidance Counselor for information on enrolling in the following courses:

  • CULA 305, Food Sanitation & Safety
  • CULA 310, Culinary Essentials I
  • CULA 315, Culinary Essentials II
  • CULA 320, Nutrition & Menu Planning

For more information, contact the Corporate and Community Education Division offices at 217-443-8777 or email