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Culinary Arts Schools in Fort Worth, TX with Degree Overviews

Research culinary arts programs in Ft. Worth, which currently has two colleges less than 35 miles from downtown that offer programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for two area schools and decide which program is right for you.

Fort Worth, TX, Culinary Arts Schools

There are just two schools within about 30 miles of Fort Worth, TX, that offer certificates and degree programs in culinary arts. This article explores these schools and their programs. It also includes a table that allows prospective students to easily compare information about the schools.

  • Tarrant County College District (TCC) is a 2-year college that offers an associate degree and a certificate program in the culinary arts. TCC has five major academic campuses in the Fort Worth area, with the culinary arts program being offered only at the Southeast campus, about 21 miles from downtown.
  • El Centro College (ECC) is a part of the Dallas County Community College District. ECC has three campuses, with the main campus located in the center of downtown Dallas, approximately 31 miles from downtown Fort Worth. El Centro offers a certificate and an associate degree program in culinary arts.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are looking for a culinary arts study program must consider many factors. The following table offers information about important areas to consider, such as enrollment, school size and tuition.

Tarrant County College District El Centro College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 52,957* 10,797*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,593 in-district; $2,862 in-state; $6,885 out-of-state* $1,770 in-district; $3,330 in-state; $5,220 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 65%* 72%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 64% full-time; 50% part-time* 54% full time; 43% part-time*
Graduation Rate (students began fall 2014) 20% (21% transfer-out rate)* 10% (11% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Tarrant County College District

TCC offers a number of culinary arts programs with varying degrees of complexity. These courses are taught by faculty who have years of professional culinary experience. Classroom sizes are controlled and courses feature hands-on technical skills training in the culinary arts, as well as training in management and supervisory skills.

Certificate of Completion in Culinary Arts I

The Certificate of Completion in Culinary Arts I prepares students with basic commercial food preparation skills. Students are required to take 6 classes, including food sanitation and safety, fundamentals of baking and purchasing. A basic food preparation capstone is one of the requirements for receiving the certificate.

Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts

Students in the AAS in Culinary Arts degree program complete 60 credit hours over two years, including one summer. The program requires general education courses in English, along with electives such as speech, philosophy and science. Core culinary arts classes explore food preparation, American regional cuisine, international cuisine, hospitality law and nutrition. The introductory pastry course teaches basic instruction on cooking breads, pies, fillings and tarts, while the advanced class examines French pastries, chocolates, custards and soufflés. Other courses in the culinary arts degree program include sanitation, table service, purchasing and computer applications. A mandatory culinary arts practicum allows students to apply their classroom training in a real-world setting for credit.

El Centro College

ECC's culinary arts programs are conducted in the Food and Hospitality Institute. The courses feature classroom instruction and hands-on training, along with work experience.

Culinary Arts Foundations Certificate

The foundational culinary skills certificate is a 2-semester program covering food sanitation and safety, basic and advanced food preparation, fundamentals of baking, and hospitality supervision. The program culminates with the student working with an approved employer under the supervision of the college.

Associate in Applied Sciences in Culinary Arts

In addition to the courses offered in the culinary arts certificate program, students pursuing the associate degree take courses in international cuisine, nutrition, saucier, garde manger and selected culinary arts electives. Students must also complete two practicums. Associate degree candidates must also take general education courses in areas such as math, science, speech, communication and business management. A minimum of 60 credits is required for completion.


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