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Culinary Arts Degree in Cleveland, OH with Course Overviews

Dec 11, 2018

The Cleveland area has seven colleges that offer culinary programs. Learn about the degree programs and certificates, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Cleveland, Ohio, Culinary Arts Schools

Students in the Cleveland area seeking culinary arts training have a limited number of options. This article looks at three schools, all less than 55 minutes from downtown. It also contains a table of pertinent information, such as enrollment and tuition costs, that make it easy for students to compare schools. There is also a little information on a culinary arts program for high school students.

  • Located less than a mile from downtown, Cuyahoga Community College District is the only college in Cleveland that offers culinary programs. Students here can select from several certificates and an associate's degree.
  • The University of Akron Main Campus has an associate's degree program in hospitality management with a concentration in culinary arts, and students can acquire experience working in the campus restaurant. It's located nearly 39 miles from downtown Cleveland.
  • EHOVE Career Center is committed to helping students and adults acquire career experience. An adult culinary program can prepare students with or without culinary experience, and the campus is a little more than 55 miles from downtown Cleveland.

Comparison of Schools

Prospective students need to look at a number of factors when considering schools. The following table lists information about the schools in a simple format, making it convenient to compare them.

Cuyahoga Community College District University of Akron Main Campus EHOVE Career Center
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 23,900 20,169 313
Campus Setting Large City Midsize City Rural
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $3,136 in-district, $3,953 in-state, $7,648 out-of-state* $10,270 in-state, $18,801 out-of-state* $4,970**
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 78% 93% 75%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - open admissions 93% N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 58% for full-time students 73% for full-time students 82% for full-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rate * 15% (Students who began in 2014) 38% (Students who began in 2011) 70% (Students who began in 2014)

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **EHOVE.

Cuyahoga Community College District

Through the hospitality management division at Cuyahoga Community College District, students acquire real-world experience that prepares them for jobs in the culinary field. Students staff the campus dining room for additional experience preparing food and providing customer service.

Certificate of Proficiency in Professional Culinarian and Cook

This 32-credit program is three semesters long, including a summer session. The first semester addresses sanitation and safety, baking and pastry arts, culinary arts fundamentals and hospitality industry basics. In the second semester, students explore management and supervision in hospitality, customer service, contemporary cuisine, cost control in hospitality and hospitality purchasing. The summer semester is reserved for professional culinary arts and baking experience.

Personal Chef Certificate

This 30-credit hour certificate offers the fundamentals of safety and sanitation, event planning and customer service in the first semester and then moves into doing business, menu planning and cost control in the second. This certificate is designed to be complete after just two semesters.

Certificate of Proficiency in Professional Baking

The 3-semester program begins with introductory courses in the hospitality industry, including baking and pastry arts, sanitation and safety, culinary arts foundations and customer service. The second semester covers baking production, baking sales, contemporary cuisine, hospitality purchasing and hospitality management. The summer semester allows students to acquire professional experience in baking.

Associate of Applied Business in Hospitality Management with a Concentration in Culinary Arts

This program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who have culinary experience as well as those who are just starting out. It adheres to the American Culinary Federation guidelines and meets three components: hands-on food preparation, kitchen management and critical thinking. Through the hands-on component, students acquire experience preparing food. In the kitchen management component, they learn how to plan menus, purchase products, set product prices and supervise a kitchen. The critical thinking component trains students to make hospitality decisions, provide customer service and communicate effectively.

University of Akron Main Campus

Students in the Department of Hospitality Management at the University of Akron Main Campus acquire real-world experience working in the field. To boost classroom learning, teachers utilize interactive multimedia technology. Students work in the campus restaurant, the Crystal Room.

Associate of Applied Business in Hospitality Management with a Culinary Arts Option

This 2-year program includes introductory studies in safety and sanitation, food preparation and hospitality. Students build on the skills acquired with courses in dining room service, business, creating classical desserts and baking. They learn how to design a menu, control costs, match wines with foods and purchase a sufficient amount of product. They study hospitality marketing and gain real-world experience through a hospitality internship experience.

EHOVE Career Center

EHOVE Career Center has a variety of learning programs for adults and high school students. These programs are designed to provide them with real-world skills. High school students can earn ServSafe and ProStart certifications that can get them a start in the culinary industry, while separate programs are available for adults.

Adult Culinary Program

This program takes seven months to complete and is designed for individuals who are new to the industry and for those who want to build upon their existing skills. Students complete classroom study and field experience in this program. Course topics include kitchen management, menu planning, baking basics, cooking, nutrition, culinary math and purchasing cooking materials. Students earn the ServSafe Food Safety and the Responsible Alcohol Service certifications while completing the program.

Other School Option

Auburn Career Center, situated 30.6 miles from downtown Cleveland, offers high school students a culinary certification program. This technical career training center also has a student-run restaurant for students to gain practical experience.

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