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Iowa Western Community College

Culinary Arts: Baking and Pastry Art

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.

Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

The Culinary Arts: Baking and Pastry Art program prepares students for a challenging career in the bake shop.  The curriculum emphasizes fundamental techniques in culinary arts, and baking.

Students will be introduced to the techniques of procuring artisan breads, classic pastries, pies, tarts and petit fours, celebration cakes, confections and showpieces.

Throughout the program students will develop professionalism and proficiency in preparation procedures, production methods and presentation techniques of pastries, baked goods and desserts, as well as related instruction in cost controls, food handling safety, purchasing, menu planning, dining service, and nutrition and wellness.

Career Information

The Culinary Arts: Baking and Pastry Art program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the two-year degree. Students learn extensive cooking and baking skills, applicable to any type of food service operation, including institutional, hotel, restaurant, or country club facilities, with an emphasis on the bake shop.

Career Coach

Salary: Regional
Average: $22,500

Entry Level: $21,000 to $25,000

* Salary information from the Iowa Western Faculty.