Charlotte Baking and Pastry Schools
Students interested in pursuing careers preparing bakery and pastry items can choose from a couple of schools offering programs in the Charlotte, NC, area. Both are within about five minutes of the city center. This article covers their culinary program and course requirements. There's also a table with details on each school's acceptance rates, student body sizes and more.
- Central Piedmont Community College is located just about one mile from Charlotte's downtown. It offers an associate degree in baking and pastry arts.
- Also situated a mile from central Charlotte is Johnson & Wales University. The school has associate and bachelor's degree programs in baking and pastry arts. Students are given opportunities to participate in annual culinary competitions at one of the school's four campuses.
Comparison of Schools
Learn more about these institutions' costs, graduation rates and more in the following table.
|Central Piedmont Community College||Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, primarily associate degrees, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||19,100*||1,892*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$2,792/academic year for NC residents; $8,936/academic year for non-NC residents*||$31,508 per academic year*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||60%*||100%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||Open admissions*||84% admitted*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||55% of full-time students*||67% full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||17% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*||57% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Central Piedmont Community College
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has been serving Charlotte residents for almost 50 years. CPCC provides Mecklenburg County with six campus locations, as well as various learning resources such as workplace learning, distance learning, personal enrichment courses and various academic divisions.
Associate in Applied Science in Baking & Pastry Arts
The baking & pastry arts associate degree program is a 73-credit program that includes major-related courses, as well as general education courses. Additionally, students participate in cooperative education, which allows them to gain hands-on experience working in real businesses. Students who have completed any of CPCC's baking & pastry arts certificate programs can use them towards this degree program.
Due to the large turnout for this program, admission selection is based on past academic performance, standardized testing scores, interview results and culinary experience. Applicants must take ACCUPLACER tests and submit high school diplomas, college transcripts and proof of accident medical insurance. They must also complete developmental studies courses prior to starting courses with CUL, HRM and BPA prefixes.
Johnson & Wales University
Providing students with hands-on education since 1914, Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is a private college that today offers four locations in addition to 1,800 internship sites in 47 states and 28 countries. In addition to offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, JWU also offers continuing education, online courses and various accelerated programs.
Associate in Applied Science Science in Baking & Pastry Arts
JWU offers the baking & pastry arts program at all its campus locations. Within the 2-year program, students master basic baking & pastry making skills, as well as advanced techniques, such as sugar artistry and puff pastry. Courses in food sanitation and cost control are implemented into the class training to give students a more comprehensive understanding of the industry. Each student must complete a professional pastry arts internship as a requirement of graduation.
Bachelor of Science in Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management
The bachelor's degree program, offered at the Providence campus, develops fundamentals in baking, management and leadership. The program equips students with critical thinking and administrative skills needed to fulfill management positions within the baking industry. Core coursework includes hospitality and food service management, business leadership, business ethics and hospitality law, as well as an internship. During the junior year, students alternate between academic courses and laboratory courses. The senior year is spent completing internships; qualified students may choose summer study-abroad programs instead of the internships.