Culinary Arts: Food Technology Certificate

About the Program

Students pursuing a career in the culinary industry can start with this two semester certificate program, designed to teach students the basic food safety, preparation, and production skills and techniques needed to gain entry-level employment in restaurant, hotel, motel, institutional, health care and private club facilities.

After just two semesters, students earn a certificate, which can be applied toward advanced awards, including a diploma program and three Associate of Applied Science degrees in Culinary Arts: Culinary, Baking and Pastry Art, and Restaurant and Hospitality Management.

Career Information

The Culinary Arts program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the eight-month certificate. After completing this program, graduates are qualified for entry-level positions in the field. Students who wish to earn a degree and qualify for advanced positions should continue on and complete The Culinary Arts diploma, or one of three Associate of Applied Science degrees in Culinary Arts: Culinarian, Baking and Pastry Art, or Restaurant and Hospitality Management.

Salary Information

Entry Level: $11.00/Hour

* Salary information from the Iowa Western Program Chair.

* This is a Gainful Employment Program.
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Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 2 Semesters
Award: Certificate
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus