There are many certificates and associate's degree programs available at Michigan schools that include cooking courses. These include programs in culinary arts, baking and culinary management. Certificate programs tend to prepare individuals for entry-level cooking positions, while associate's degree programs include advanced cooking coursework and can be useful for career advancement. Some schools require that students possess some culinary experience to enroll in a program. During their programs, students complete hands-on coursework and often get work experience at a restaurant. Skills learned may include pastry baking, cake decorating, meal preparation and food service management
Oakland Community College
The largest community college in Michigan, Oakland Community College (OCC) enrolls more than 24,000 students at its five campuses, including its location in Bloomfield Hills. The school offers food service and hospitality certificate and associate's degree programs that are accredited by the National Restaurant Association and the American Culinary Federation (ACF).
Students can pursue a 32-credit certificate in baking and pastry arts, which prepares students to cook and prepare pastries, bread, and plated desserts. Students can also pursue an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Culinary Arts, which is designed for those seeking executive or management positions in culinary arts. This program covers advanced cooking, retail baking, nutrition, catering management, menu planning and food cost control. Degree-seeking students complete an internship at an approved restaurant and pass a skills test to obtain ACF certification.
Monroe County Community College
Founded in 1964 in Monroe, Michigan, Monroe County Community College (MCCC) enrolls more than 3, 400 full- and part-time students in a wide range of certificates and associate's degree programs, including options in culinary skills and management.
The certificate program offers basic and advanced courses that teach students to make soups and sauces, bake, prepare a buffet and make pastries. Students also learn about dining room procedures, menu planning, nutrition, purchasing and ice carving. The associate's degree program focuses on developing both cooking and restaurant management skills, and culinary experience is required to enroll. Students study restaurant management and supervision, restaurant production and bar management, advanced buffet preparation, dining room procedures and menu planning. Degree candidates work in and operate the MCCC's restaurant for hands-on experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Oakland Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate,
AAS in Culinary Arts
| $2,408 (in-district),
|Monroe County Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe|| Culinary Skills and Management Certificate,
AAS in Culinary Skills and Management
Source: *NCES College Navigator.