Baking and Pastry Degree and Certificate Programs in Colorado

Jul 22, 2019

Research baking and pastry courses in Colorado, which currently has seven public and private not-for-profit colleges offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for six of these schools, and decide which program is right for you.

Essential Information

This article covers six of Colorado's public and private non-profit colleges that offer training in baking and pastry arts. Three of these schools offer degree and/or certificate programs specifically in baking and pastry, while the other three provide programs in culinary arts that include courses in baking and pastry. Students in all such programs spend a good portion of their time learning and practicing hands-on skills, including those directly related to baking and pastries. Apprenticeship and similar opportunities are available through some programs.

Below are brief summaries of each school's programs, as well as a table comparing each school's offerings and tuition information.

Colorado Mesa University's Western Colorado Community College

Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction is the 2-year division of Colorado Mesa University. It's located on the university's Bishop Campus. The community college's culinary arts program can prepare graduates to become an executive or pastry chef, among other options. The program features a 33-hour certificate program in culinary arts, as well as a 68-hour associate's degree program in culinary arts. Both programs mix classroom lectures with hands-on experience in laboratory classes. They also contain courses in baking methods. Students can gain experience at Chez Lena, the college's student-run restaurant, which is open to the public four afternoons per week.

Colorado Mountain College

Students at Colorado Mountain College's Culinary Institute, located in Dillon, can receive an associate's degree program in culinary arts. The second year of the AAS program includes baking courses that cover ingredients, cakes, pastries, cookies and pies. Students in the culinary programs have the option to complete an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships allow students to work in real restaurant kitchens. Students can also compete in culinary competitions and work at Keystone Ranch, a fine-dining restaurant at Keystone Resort. Colorado Mountain College's Glenwood Springs campus also offers a number of individual culinary arts courses, including a class in dessert baking.

Emily Griffith Technical College

The culinary arts program at Emily Griffith Technical College, based in downtown Denver, boasts 100% job placement for graduates. The 60-credit culinary arts program takes about nine months to complete and offers introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in baking. The professional baking program can be completed in six weeks if taken during the day and 12 weeks if taken at night.

Johnson & Wales University - Denver

Johnson & Wales University is a private, not-for-profit school with a campus in Denver. The college's culinary facilities include nine kitchen labs, a beverage lab, two dining rooms for teaching, a food science lab and a store room. The university's culinary arts college offers a variety of degree options, including associate's degree, bachelor's degree and accelerated degree programs in baking and pastry arts, as well as culinary arts. Students can expect to gain a firm foundation in culinary theory, along with hands-on experience through lab classes, internships, study abroad opportunities and special projects. The baking and pastry program curriculum includes classes in hot and cold desserts, pies, tarts, specialty cakes, breads and sugar artistry. The culinary arts programs provide a baking and pastry introductory course, as well as an advanced dessert class.

Pikes Peak Community College

Located in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College has numerous certificate and degree options, including an associate's degree program in baking and pastry, a certificate program in baking and several other programs in related fields like culinary arts. Students can expect to take courses that prepare them for working with confections, cakes, breads, chocolate and other baked goods and desserts. Graduates of the baking and pastry associate's degree program are eligible to apply for certification with the American Culinary Federation as Certified Pastry Cooks. The culinary arts programs cover several cooking-related topics, including an introduction to baking.

Red Rocks Community College

Students can prepare for careers in baking and pastry through the culinary arts certificate and associate's degree programs offered at Red Rocks Community College's campuses in Lakewood and Arvada. The college's culinary arts programs include courses in baking principles, baking applications, dessert production, cake baking and bread preparation. Students can also expect to gain a thorough understanding of food safety and sanitation, food service management and menu planning. The college offers an apprentice program in partnership with Rocky Mountain Chefs of Colorado. This program allows students to blend on-the-job training with classroom instruction.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Baking and Pastry Degrees and Certificates Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Colorado Mesa University's Western Colorado Community College 2-year, public; small city Technical Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
$8,627 (in-state),
$20,944 (out-of-state)*
Colorado Mountain College 4-year, public; remote town Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts $2,220 (in-district),
$4,620 (in-state),
$11,172 (out-of-state)*
Emily Griffith Technical College Less than 2-year, public; large city Culinary Arts Certificate,
Professional Baking and Design Certificate
$7,340 total cost (Culinary Arts Program),
$1,627 total cost (Professional Baking Program)**
Johnson & Wales University - Denver 4-year, private nonprofit; large city Associate in Science in Baking and Pastry Arts,
Associate in Science in Culinary Arts,
Bachelor of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts and Food Service Management,
Bachelor of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts,
Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
Pikes Peak Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Certificate in Baking,
Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
$3,840 (in-state),
$14,928 (out-of -state)*
Red Rocks Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Certificate in Culinary Arts ,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
$4,158 (in-state),
$15,246 (out-of-state)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Emily Griffith Technical College

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