Baking and Pastry Certificate Programs in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sep 15, 2018

The Fort Lauderdale area has two schools that offer baking and pastry programs, and both are located within 20 miles of downtown. Learn about the courses, admission info and program requirements for these two schools to make an informed education decision.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL, Baking and Pastry Schools

Baking and pastry certificate programs in the city of Fort Lauderdale are not currently available, but there are two schools in the nearby area that offer training and degree programs. Read about the programs below, and use the table after the summaries to compare the cost of attendance and other school statistics.

  • Johnson & Wales University - North Miami offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in baking and pastry and is situated less than 20 miles from Fort Lauderdale. Johnson & Wales also offers a study abroad program.
  • The William T. McFatter Technical College, located less than ten miles from Fort Lauderdale, offers a full-time, 6-month program in baking and pastry arts. This program prepares students for employment as pastry chefs upon graduation. The William T. McFatter Technical College is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and has earned the 'Exemplary' designation, ACF's highest educational standard.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring bakers and pastry chefs who are interested in formal training programs will be happy to know that Johnson & Wales University accepts more than 60% of its applicants and that the William T. McFatter Technical College has an open admissions policy. While nearly all first-time students at Johnson & Wales received financial aid for the 2010-2011 school year, Florida residents may find the technical college more affordable.

Johnson & Wales University - North Miami William T. McFatter Technical College
School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017) 1,475* 1,043*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $31,508 per year* $2,326 total cost (Florida residents); $7,366 total cost (non-residents)**
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2017) 99%* 38%*
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017) 78%* N/A - open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 69% for full-time students* 59% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 50% (for students who began studies in fall 2011)* 66% within 150% of the normal time for completion (for students who began studies in 2014-2015)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **William T. McFatter Technical Center

Johnson & Wales University - North Miami

Johnson & Wales University - North Miami has offered culinary programs for 40 years. The instructors at the school hold bachelor's and master's degrees and have years of experience as professional chefs.

Associate of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

This associate's degree program combines regular coursework with training in the kitchen. During the first year, students develop their skills in putting basic ingredients together to make plated desserts, cakes, basic breads and pastries. During the second year, students receive advanced training in international and classical baking methods. Students must also complete an internship at a restaurant, hotel, resort or bakery, to name a few options.

Bachelor of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts and Food Service Management

During this degree program, students develop their skills in management, leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, customer awareness and financial analysis. Students earn an associate's degree in their first two years and start the bachelor's degree program in their third year. For the baking and pastry arts component of the program, students can take courses in frozen desserts, confections, chocolates, artisan breads and plated desserts.

William T. McFatter Technical College

William T. McFatter Technical College is one of the Broward Technical Centers. The 2-year school also offers programs in commercial foods and culinary arts, as well as cake decorating and baking.

Baking and Pastry Arts Training Program

This program may be completed in six months (or 600 hours) of full-time study. Students learn about centerpiece creation, confectionery techniques, dessert preparation and advanced baking techniques. Students also take classes in employment skills, communication and leadership. Courses are available in hybrid formats that combine online and on-campus learning. The pastry labs are all completed on campus.

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