Baking and Pastry Training Options in the Portland, OR, Area
Located just past the border of Oregon in Vancouver, Washington, a little under 20 miles from Portland, is Clark College, a 2-year public school that's been servicing students for more than 75 years. Its academic programs include certificate, degree, continuing education and online options. The Culinary Arts department offers certificate and associate's degree programs related to baking and pastry arts. A summary of the programs can be found below, along with a table with key school information.
School Facts: At a Glance
The following table includes information about undergraduate tuition and fees and financial aid. Aspiring bakers and pastry artists will be happy to learn that this school has an open admissions policy.
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||10,000|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$3,613 (in-state)*; $8,966 (out-of-state)* (Oregon border county rates may apply)**|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)*||54%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - open admission policy|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)*||N/A|
|Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2011)||25%* (transfer-out rate 19%)|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator; **Clark College website
Residents of 13 Oregon 'border' counties are eligible for waivers that match the Washington resident tuition levels at Clark College. Clark's Culinary Arts Department offers several levels of training in baking and pastry arts. These range from a short-term Certificate of Achievement to a 114 quarter-credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program. The fully-equipped baking lab provides students with experience using commercial culinary equipment. Under the supervision of instructors, the baked goods produced by the students are sold in the simulated retail bakery on campus.
Certificate of Achievement in Baking and Pastry Arts Fundamentals
Candidates for a Certificate of Achievement learn how to apply the various processes that are used in baking, follow recipes and operate commercial bakery equipment safely and hygienically. They also find out how to perform culinary and management mathematical operations. Students will learn about artisan breads and other baked goods for retail purposes. One course includes learning how to run a bakery and how to incorporate the art of coffee into your bakery. This is a 42 quarter-credit program.
Associate of Applied Science in Professional Baking and Pastry Arts Management
Completing similar courses in the certificate of achievement program with some additional baking and general education courses allows student to earn an associate's degree in professional baking and pastry arts. Along with the same artisan breads, early morning product, and viennoiserie courses, students will spend more time looking at production baking and the use of chocolate in baking. Requirements include courses in communications, computation and the humanities. Extra courses in inventory/purchasing and restaurant baking are also suggested for this 104 quarter-credit program. Finally, students will complete both a capstone project and an internship.