Culinary Degrees: Top Rated Culinary School - Arlington, VA

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Students in Arlington, VA, who are interested in learning culinary practices have limited options when choosing a school in this area. Based on distinction, student population and hands-on training opportunities, the following college is considered a top school in the Arlington area for culinary studies:

  • Winner: Northern Virginia Community College is the only school within 50 miles of Arlington that offers culinary arts programs. Students can pursue a certificate in this field or enter an apprenticeship program.

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Category Northern Virginia Community College
Distinctions Largest educational institution in Virginia*; second-largest community college in the U.S.*
Location Annandale, Virginia
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $3,677 (in-state); $8,411 (out-of-state)**
Culinary Programs Offered Certificate
Culinary Certificates Awarded in 2012-2013 10**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 23%**
Noteworthy Culinary apprenticeship program offered through an agreement with the National Capital Chef's Association Chapter, part of the American Culinary Federation

Sources: *Northern Virginia Community College; **NCES College Navigator

Northern Virginia Community College

  • Several culinary faculty members work as executive chefs
  • Culinary studies combine class work with hands-on exercises in a state-of-the-art kitchen
  • Apprenticeship students are prepared to take certification exams administered by the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute

Northern Virginia Community College, commonly referred to as NOVA, offers college credit and non-credit programs on nine campuses throughout northern Virginia and online. More than 51,000 students are enrolled in NOVA each year. The Hospitality Management Department offers culinary arts certificate of completion and apprenticeship programs.

Consisting of 31 credit hours, the Culinary Arts Certificate program teaches food safety and sanitation, cost control, culinary arts principles, nutrition and restaurant organization. Students practice their culinary skills on commercial equipment. The Culinary Arts Apprenticeship program teaches the culinary arts and management skills through hands-on learning. Students in this program must perform 6,000 hours of on-the-job training under a qualified chef in a restaurant, hotel or club, and subsequently complete two classes.

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