There are 6 schools in Connecticut that offer cooking classes and programs, but only 5 are public or private, not-for-profit. Such schools offer programs that lead to the award of certificates, although one associate's degree program is also available. Programs include minimum hours of hands-on training and many require the cooperative work assignments. Students may choose to learn full- or part-time.
The programs outlined below may require expenses beyond tuition, such as costs for uniforms, tools or food items. Below are short overviews of 5 of the largest schools in Connecticut offering cooking programs.
Bristol Technical Education Center
Located in Bristol, this technical school offers a 900-contact-hour certificate program in culinary arts (baking/food trades) that may be used towards state culinary apprenticeships. Classes teach skills in basic cooking, garde manger and bread making. Select students may attend a second year of study for more intensive training. Students practice their new skills in the school's restaurant, and those who qualify for work-based learning receive credit through cooperative work assignments.
Gateway Community College
New Haven's Gateway Community College has a culinary arts full- or part-time certificate program requiring 30 credit hours for completion. Students learn about all areas of food preparation, including food handling, pouring/serving, using various types of equipment and sanitizing. Newly acquired proficiencies are put to use while interacting with customers and serving meals at the school-operated Café Vincenzo. Students will need to travel to internship or practical training locations.
Manchester Community College
Located in Manchester, this college's Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Department offers cooking classes in its 30-credit culinary arts or 24-credit professional baking certificate programs. In addition, cooking classes are offered through a 63-credit associate's degree program in culinary arts. Aspiring cooks may take classes in food preparation, sanitation/safety, baking, nutrition and international foods. All 3 of these programs require a cooperative work experience.
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Waterbury-based Naugatuck Valley Community College prepares students for food service careers in its full- or part-time culinary arts certificate program. Developmental classes in math, English or reading may be required of applicants, depending on placement testing. Culinary classes in this program include food preparation, food production/purchasing, service management, catering/event management, nutrition and hospitality. Students also choose a baking elective to bring their total credits earned in this 4-semester program to 25-27. Individuals who want to earn an associate's degree can use these credits for degree programs in foodservice or hotel management.
Norwalk Community College
Located in Norwalk, this school's Business Department offers a certificate in culinary arts. Classes include training in food preparation principles, sanitation/safety, baking/pastry arts, nutrition and international foods. Students also complete a cooperative work experience to complete this 30-credit, 2-semester program. Many of these credits may also be used towards degrees in hospitality management.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Cooking Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Bristol Technical Education Center||Less than 2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Culinary Arts||$3,760*|
|Gateway Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Certificate in Culinary Arts|| $4,032 (in-state)*
|Manchester Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Certificate in Professional Baking,
Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
| $4,052 (in-state)*
|Naugatuck Valley Community College||2-year, public; midsize suburb||Certificate in Culinary Arts|| $4,072 (in-state)*
|Norwalk Community College||2-year, public; small city||Certificate in Culinary Arts|| $4,052 (in-state)*
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.