School and Ranking Information
Only a couple of schools in the Santa Ana area offer courses in becoming a pastry chef, including a public, non-profit college and a private, for-profit school. Based on programs, student services and rankings, the following school is considered the best in the area for pastry chef courses:
- Winner: Orange Coast College is the only public, nonprofit school in the area with pastry chef courses, and it's located roughly 6 miles from Santa Ana. The school offers a basic and an advanced certificate in baking and pastry.
School Info Chart
|Category||Orange Coast College|
|Rankings||#1 Orange County college in transfers to the University of California*|
|Location||Costa Mesa, CA|
|School Type||2-year, Public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-14)||$1,184 (in-state); $6,320 (out of state)**|
|Baking and Pastry Chef Certificates Offered||Basic, Advanced*|
|Culinary Certificates Awarded (all levels) in (2012-13)||66**|
|Most Popular Baking and Pastry Certificate Level in 2012-13||Basic**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||37%***|
|Noteworthy||Students can choose between full-time and part-time options*|
Sources: *Orange Coast College, **NCES College Navigator
Orange Coast College
- Thousands of students from Orange Coast College have transferred to California State University or University of California
- The college offers the latest technology and up-to-date facilities, including kitchen facilities
- The school offers a job center to assist students with internships and employment opportunities
Orange Coast College offers more than 130 associate's degree and certificate programs in academic and vocational fields. Its student enrollment tops 25,000. Of the nine community colleges located in the Orange County region of Southern California, Orange Coast College boasts the highest number of transfers to 4-year universities in the area.
The basic Baking and Pastry Certificate helps students prepare for entry-level employment in retail or wholesale culinary environments. The advanced Baking and Pastry Certificate prepares students for employment as professional bakers, pastry cooks or pastry entrepreneurs in retail and wholesale baking and pastry establishments.