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Culinary Arts School in Milwaukee, WI with Degree Summaries

There are three culinary arts programs within 40 miles of Milwaukee, WI. Read an overview of diploma and degree programs, requirements and admission info to find out which school is the right one for you.

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Milwaukee, WI, Schools with Culinary Arts Programs

Students interested in culinary arts careers have a few different choices in the Milwaukee, WI, area. Read about three school options, all of which are 45 minutes or less from downtown. Also included in the article is a table highlighting important school information, such as tuition and graduation rates.

  • Gateway Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts as well as a short-term basic cooking skills certificate program at its Racine campus, which is 23.7 miles from downtown Milwaukee.
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College offers a culinary assistant technical diploma at its Oak Creek campus, which is located 12 miles from downtown Milwaukee. Students can also earn an associate degree in culinary arts at the school's main campus, which is 1.1 miles from downtown.
  • Waukesha County Technical School, located 21 miles from downtown Milwaukee, offers a baking/pastry technical certificate and an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Management.

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  • Baking and Pastry Arts
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Comparison of Schools

The table below makes it easy to compare valuable information and choose the right school.

Gateway Technical College Milwaukee Area Technical College Waukesha County Technical College
School Type Two-year, public Two-year, public Two-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 7,410* 16,712* 8,692*
Campus Setting Midsize suburb Large city Large suburb
Tuition (2015-2016) $4,090 in-state residents; $6,016 out-of-state residents* $4,360 in-state residents; $6,286 out-of-state residents* $4,250 in-state residents; $6,078 out-of-state residents*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 68%* 82%* 64%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) Open admissions* Open admissions* Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2014) 68%* 54%* 70%*
Graduation Rate (Students who began in 2011) 24% overall* 12% (2% transfer out)* 34% (13% transfer out)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College (GTC), the first publicly funded continuation school in the nation, offers certificates, advanced technical certificates, technical diplomas and associate degree programs. GTC offers several culinary arts programs through its hospitality and tourism department. Culinary students may participate in statewide competitions.

Basic Cooking Skills Certificate

This 11-credit program teaches students the fundamentals of basic cooking. Students take a two-part culinary skills course and a short order/deli course. Sanitation and hygiene are also a focus in this program. Credits earned in this program can go towards the associate degree program in culinary arts. Some of the courses can also go towards other certificate programs, such as line cook, professional management development and health care services.

Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts

The two-year culinary arts program at GTC includes lectures, lab studies and intensive hands-on training. Students learn about specialty food preparation, food purchasing, garde manger, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, catering/banquets, short order delis and food service supervision. Applicants must submit high school diplomas or GED certificates, take reading, writing and math placement tests and show proof of good health and current immunizations. Graduates are certified in sanitation and ready for employment as specialty cooks, chefs or restaurant managers.

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Offering more than 200 different academic programs, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) awards certificates, diplomas, degrees and apprenticeships to its students. MATC's School of Business offers diploma and associate degree programs in culinary arts.

Culinary Assistant Technical Diploma

Offered at the Oak Creek campus, the culinary assistant technical diploma program prepares students for careers as cooks, line cooks, assistant bakers, short-order cooks and corporate dining room cooks, among others. Students learn about menu planning, measurement conversion, safety and nutrition, catering and food service cost control. Applicants must have high school diplomas or equivalent and must successfully complete course placement assessments. Students must complete 29 credits to earn the diploma.

Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts

This program prepares students to enter the hospitality industry as restaurant managers, kitchen cooks, chefs and managers and catering associates. Students become well-versed in all aspects of business and culinary arts, taking courses in menu planning, nutrition, food production, hospitality management and purchasing food service products. The students also have the opportunities to enter culinary competitions. Other courses may include advanced pastry arts, ethic and regional American cuisine, bar management and specialty foods. With this two-year degree, students can enter the workplace with practical knowledge and the potential for immediate employment.

Waukesha County Technical College

Located just west of Milwaukee, Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) has several campuses and offers more than 130 areas of study. WCTC's School of Business offers several culinary arts programs through its hospitality and culinary department.

Baking/Pastry Technical Certificate

This 11-credit program can be completed in two semesters. Students learn about basic baking principles, cake production and decorating, sanitation and nutrition. They also become familiar with rolled fondant, layered and molded cakes, bread and roll production, chocolate and confection techniques and working with various types of dough.

Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Management

This 69-credit degree program covers general business topics and highly specialized culinary arts concepts, combining the two areas to give students a maximized chance of immediate employment following graduation. Students take traditional courses and complete internships to obtain experience and develop the skills needed to succeed in this career; international study is also an option. Courses include principles of food service, cost and control within hospitality, applied food service and sanitation, restaurant operations and ethnic diversity electives. Upon completion of this four-semester program, students can become catering associates, kitchen managers, restaurant managers, hotel and resort hospitality representatives, chefs, and cooks. Students who become ACF members can obtain culinary certifications.

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