Below are listed two community colleges and one BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education Services) program that offer courses in baking and pastry arts in Long Island's Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The BOCES programs are shared educational services established by New York State for the benefit of local school districts. Although a few of the baking classes described below are intended for recreational learning and personal enrichment, most of the classes are career-focused and prepare students for careers in food service.
Students may opt to complete career-oriented courses, or earn a certificate or associate's degree in the field. All programs include hands-on training, including time to practice skills in a kitchen laboratory. Associate's degrees include general education requirements in addition to major coursework.
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
One of 37 cooperative education programs in the state, Eastern Suffolk BOCES has culinary training options available through the adult career and technical education program at the Bellport, Oakdale and Riverhead locations. Designed for secondary students age 15.5 up to 21 years old, the 2-year culinary arts and restaurant operations management program includes training in baking and pastry making along with classes in cooking, food service and food styling. Coursework relevant to baking includes topics associated with measures and weights, equipment, kitchen math and safety. The American Culinary Federation (ACF) accredits the program, and participants who successfully complete it can transfer their credits to a state or other qualified college. They also receive the training they need to become Certified Junior Culinarians (ACF) and pass the Suffolk County Food Managers Certification exam.
The adult education division at East Suffolk BOCES also offers an in-depth pastry arts/baking track that has 26 evening sessions and teaches a broad range of skills for breads, pastries, cakes, pies and more. Individuals must be 18 years old and not enrolled in high school to participate in the adult education courses.
Nassau Community College (SUNY)
Located in Garden City, this school is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York network and is the largest single-campus school in that network. Two programs that are relevant to baking are offered by the hospitality business division: a certificate in food service technology and an associate degree in food service management.
The certificate in food service technology includes 30 credits of coursework in food and beverage operations, hospitality studies and food production. In particular, the course in advanced food preparation provides students with an introduction to baking. This course can also be found in the food service management associate degree curriculum. Students pursuing either credential have the chance to participate in an internship.
Suffolk County Community College (SUNY)
The largest 2-year school in New York State, Suffolk County Community College has three campuses; only the Eastern campus in Riverhead offers the culinary arts programs. Certificate, degree and continuing education options allow students to pursue specialized coursework in the culinary arts at this school.
The 29-credit baking and pastry arts certificate program includes four sequential courses in baking and pastry arts, as well as an internship. Through the introductory course, students learn how to prepare restaurant-quality breads, decorated cakes, pastries, doughnuts and specialty cookies. Advanced bread-making techniques include those associated with braided breads and flatbreads, French and Italian loaves, artisan breads and baguettes. To earn the certificate, students also complete three courses in hospitality studies and sanitation.
The associate's program requires 69.5-70.5 credits to complete. In addition to a baking and pastry core, it includes courses in general education, accounting and management. Non-credit courses available through the continuing education program at Riverhead may also address baking skills. Course offerings change from term to term, but recent listings have included courses on making bakery-style cookies and cupcakes.
In Suffolk County, an individual who has been certified in food safety must be on duty while a food service business is in operation, and certification requirements include completion of an approved course and a passing score on an exam. Food workers in Nassau County must follow the state and local requirements associated with hand washing and the use of gloves.
The table below displays profiles of the programs available on Long Island related to baking, as well as their hosting schools.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Baking Arts Courses and Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Eastern Suffolk BOCES||Shared education program, public school district; small suburb||Culinary Arts/Restaurant Operations Management (2-year course),
Pastry Arts and Baking
|Nassau Community College (SUNY)||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Food Service Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Food Service Administration and Restaurant Management
|$5,880 in-state; $11,230 out-of-state*|
|Suffolk County Community College (SUNY)||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Culinary Arts (Baking and Pastry Arts Option),
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts (Baking and Pastry Arts Option)
|$5,792 in-state; $11,012 out-of-state*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.