Baltimore Cooking Schools
Students with a love of cooking can find professional culinary training within an hour's drive of downtown Baltimore. This article covers the program coursework at three schools and also includes a table that allows for easy comparison of each institution's characteristics and stats. Information about a couple of other area schools is mentioned as well.
- Situated around 23 miles from central Baltimore, Howard Community College has certificate and associate's degree programs in the culinary arts.
- Prince George's Community College offers a culinary arts certificate that includes cooking coursework. The campus is about 35 miles away from Baltimore's downtown area.
- Fredrick Community College, located roughly 52 miles from downtown Baltimore, provides students with the opportunity to pursue a culinary skills certificate or associate's degree in culinary arts and supervision.
Comparison of Schools
The profiled schools have varying tuition costs, enrollment numbers and campus environments, among other differences. Use this table to compare each college and see which one is right for you.
|Howard Community College||Prince George's Community College||Fredrick Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||9,476||12,113||6,220|
|Campus Setting||Small City||Large suburb||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$3,888 in-district, $5,880 in-state, $6,960 out-of-state||$3,770 in-district, $6,050 in-state, $8,498 out-of-state||$3,520 in-district, $6,928 in-state, $9,160 out-of-state|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||57%||75%||45%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||69% full-time||56% full-time||67% full-time|
|Graduation Rate (began 2014)*||19%||9%||31%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Howard Community College
Howard Community College has eight academic divisions and offers certificates and associate's degrees in business, arts, English, health, math, science and social science. The Business and Computer Systems Division offers a certificate in culinary management and associate's degree in culinary arts.
Baking and Pastries - Culinary Management Certificate
Students in this program take classes in cooking, culinary arts and commercial kitchen management. After completing 28 credits, students earn a certificate in baking and pastries, which can qualify them for entry-level work in the food service industry.
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Baking
This 2-year associate's degree program consists of core courses in English, science and math, as well as specialized courses in managing professional kitchens. Electives in the areas of professional baking and pastries or professional cooking complete the curriculum.
Students take lab-based classes with hands-on experience in baking breads, cake decorating and candy making. The program also teaches students about the different aspects of running a commercial kitchen, such as purchasing ingredients, managing finances and keeping food under safe conditions.
Prince George's Community College
Students at Prince George's Community College can pursue courses for both credit and non-credit. The Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Department is part of the Social Sciences and Business Division; in addition to culinary arts, this division also offers programs in teacher education, public safety and business studies.
Culinary Arts Certificate
The culinary arts certificate combines coursework in cooking and hospitality management. The cooking portion of the program covers topics in baking and pastry making, food production and catering. Hospitality courses teach students about food service, sanitation and technology in the industry. Credits can be transferred into the associate's degree program.
Fredrick Community College
The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute at Fredrick Community College offers a certificate and associate's degree in the culinary arts. The programs feature small classes and access to modern equipment.
Culinary Skills Certificate
This 39-credit program prepares students to work in professional kitchens. Coursework ensures that students have an understanding of sanitation, food preparation, baking and international cuisine. Students also develop professional work habits and learn about food safety.
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Supervision
Students enrolled in the culinary arts and supervision associate's degree program must complete general education requirements and culinary training. Courses focus on areas involving nutrition, food service purchasing, management, food preparation, sanitation and baking. An internship is also part of the curriculum. While graduates have the option of pursuing a career after completing the program, they can also continue their education at a 4-year institution.
Non-credit cooking and wine classes are available at Anne Arundel Community College, roughly 13 miles from downtown Baltimore. The associate's degree program in hospitality management at Montgomery College includes food classes at its Rockville campus, which is about 42 miles away from downtown.