Culinary Arts: Restaurant & Hospitality Management

About the Program

Iowa Western’s Culinary Arts: Restaurant and Hospitality Management program has been in place since 1976 and has sent hundreds of graduates into all facets of the hospitality industry. Graduates of this two-year program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree and ready to enter this exciting career field immediately.

In this program, the emphasis is on fundamental and intermediate techniques in culinary arts, restaurant, and institutional management. You’ll also gain insight into supervision, cost controls, human relations and management, nutrition and wellness, and all aspects of culinary arts.

With a 12 to 1 student/faculty ratio and a 6 to 1 ratio in lab activities, the program will provide you with one-on-one instruction. The program, which is accredited by the American Culinary Federation, provides students with hands-on experience in Iowa Western’s new kitchen facility in the Student Center, where students can eat what they create. Job placement in this field is nearly 100 percent.

Career Information

The Culinary Arts, Restaurant and Hospitality Management 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. This program also focuses on management and supervisory skills, as well as the hands-on training necessary to become a culinarian.

Salary Information

Salary: Regional
Average: $28,500
Entry Level: $26,000
Experienced: $60,000 to $72,000

* Salary information from the Iowa Western Program Chair.

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.
Accreditation: American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s Accrediting Commission Number of Majors: 74
Average Class Size: 30
Program Capacity: 70
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus