Oklahoma City Culinary Arts Colleges
Students in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, area who are interested in taking culinary arts classes and programs have several options. This article looks at three public schools, none more than a 25-minute drive from downtown, that offer degrees and career training. Also included here is a table that offers a quick way to compare schools, with information on important factors such as tuition and size.
- Francis Tuttle Technology Center offers an associate's degree as well as career majors in the culinary arts. This school is about 18 miles from downtown Oklahoma City.
- At Metro Technology Centers, students can select from a variety of career majors in the culinary arts, which take only a short amount of time to complete. Culinary arts studies are offered at a campus just six miles from downtown.
- Of the culinary arts school in the area, only the University of Central Oklahoma, about 15 miles from the city center, offers a bachelor's degree program in the field. The program emphasizes nutrition and food management.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Baking and Pastry Arts
- Catering and Restaurant Management
- Chef Training
- Food Preparation
- Food Server and Dining Room Mgmt
- Institutional Food Worker
- Meat Cutting
Comparison of Schools
The following table offers a straightforward way for prospective students to compare various aspects of the three schools. This information may help them make an informed decision about their training.
|Francis Tuttle Technology Center||Metro Technology Centers||University of Central Oklahoma|
|School Type||Less than 2-year, public||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||2,103*||1,188*||15,979*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-18)||$3,157*||$1,500*||$7,100 in-state, $17,447 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-17)||63%*||52%*||83%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2016-17)||N/A - Open Admissions||N/A - Open Admissions||76%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||26% for full-time students*||48% for full-time students*||64% for full-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate||52% (for those who began their studies in 2014-2015)*||52% (for those who began their studies in 2014-2015)*||38% (for those who began their studies in 2011)'*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Francis Tuttle Technology Center has innovative training programs that incorporate both technology and hands-on learning through demonstration kitchens and the school's full-service restaurant. Students work in the pastry and baking labs, the chocolate lab and the nine teaching kitchens. Classes for the culinary assistant and culinary arts major are only available during the day, but the programs are open to high school juniors, seniors and adults. The culinarian major is available during the day and evening.
Culinary Assistant Major
The culinary assistant major is a 1,056-hour program. Beginning courses include sanitation, kitchen safety and food service equipment. Students learn to prepare fish, meat and poultry, season and flavor foods, incorporate fruits and veggies into meals and bake desserts. They also gain experience working in a restaurant, study the restaurant business and create menus.
Associate in Applied Science, Culinary Arts
The associate's degree in culinary arts is a 1,065-hour program with courses that include professionalism in culinary arts, creating stocks and sauces, poultry identification, cheeses, basic cakes and decorating, chocolate in baking and cooking eggs. Through the program, students also earn the professional ServSafe Food Handler Certification. The credits from this program are transferrable to Oklahoma State University.
The culinarian major requires 1,380 hours and can take as little as 14 months or as long as 23 months, depending on whether students go full-time or part-time. In addition to the courses available through the culinary arts associate's degree program, including creating breads, an introduction to cookies, curing and smoking meats and basic principles of baking, students complete a 315-hour culinary externship.
Metro Technology Centers
Metro Technology Centers is committed to student success. Learners acquire technical training using cutting edge technology and completely innovative, customer-focused programs.
Culinarian Career Major
This 605-hour program will teach students about the skills that are necessary to become a garde manager. Additionally, students will be studying topics like intermediate culinary skills, advanced cookery and dining room management. A ServSafe certification is also available through this program.
Culinary Arts Assistant Major
Through this program, students prepare for careers in food services and preparation. They study the basics of kitchen safety through courses in safety and sanitation and learn how to create delicious and aesthetically pleasing desserts and entrees. The 600-hour program includes basic culinary skills, grains and pastas, breakfast foods, managing a dining room and advanced skills in culinary arts.
University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma's College of Education and Professional Studies serves around 4,800 students. The majority of faculty members have a doctoral degree and real-world experience in their field. Students can complete study tours in foreign countries that give them a glimpse of other countries' fashion, culture and food.
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Management
Through the bachelor's degree program in nutrition, dietetics and food management, students explore the principles of nutrition, food preparation and food safety. They complete courses in community nutrition, medical nutrition, quantity foods and food science. Business and science courses include studies in marketing principles, chemistry, microbiology, statistics, biochemistry and accounting. Students can also complete an internship in the field.