Tulsa Culinary Programs
Students interested in culinary programs have a number of educational choices in the Tulsa, OK, area. Learn more about the three closest schools, all of which are under 50 minutes from downtown. Use the table in the article to compare school statistics, like enrollment numbers, tuition rates and more. Also included is a short paragraph discussing another nearby school option.
- Tulsa Technology Center - Lemley is 7.8 miles from downtown Tulsa and offers a culinary arts program that provides students with work-based experiences in the industry.
- Located 37.6 miles from Tulsa's downtown, Northeast Technology Center - Pryor offers a food service management assistant program.
- Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee, which is 39.1 miles from downtown, offers a culinary arts associate degree program.
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, which compares important information, can make it easier to choose the right school.
|Tulsa Technology Center - Lemley||Northeast Technology Center - Pryor||Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee|
|School Type||2-year, public||< 2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||1,287*||470*||3,379*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Rural||Distant town|
|Tuition and Fees||$4,204** for program (as of April 2016)||$1,600*** for program (2013-2014)||$4,860 in-state ; $10,470 out-of-state* (2015-2016)|
|% of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||60%*||79%*||96%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||Open admissions||Open admissions||Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)||89%*||76%*||21%*|
|Graduation Rate||98%* (for students beginning in 2011-2012)||69%* (for students beginning in 2011-2012)||31%* (for students beginning in 2008)|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Tulsa Technology Center - Lemley, ***Northeast Technology Center - Pryor
Tulsa Technology Center - Lemley
Tulsa Technology Center (Tulsa Tech), in a cooperative alliance with Tulsa Community College, offers programs that allow students to earn college credits while they obtain career training. The school has a career placement center that helps students find work-related learning experiences with local businesses and assists them in finding employment after graduation. The programs are available to adults and high school students. High school students who live in the Tulsa Tech school district are not required to pay tuition.
Culinary Arts Program
The culinary arts program trains students for employment as food service management assistants. Courses include basic nutrition, restaurant management, kitchen safety, sanitation, meat and poultry, desserts and menus. Students must complete at least 200 hours in internships. In addition to the coursework, students can participate in culinary competitions. Upon graduation, students may be eligible for the ProStart national certification and can take industry state and national certification exams.
Northeast Technology Center - Pryor
Northeast Technology Center is an education center that offers career training programs to adults and high school students. Adults can complete programs in one year, whereas high schoolers may need two years since these students attend half-day sessions. The school offers three culinary art programs with classes available in Pryor, OK.
Food Service Management Assistant Program
This 9-month program requires the completion of 1,091 hours of study. Course topics include meat and poultry, international cuisine, restaurant management, safety and sanitation, nutrition, garde manger and yeast breads. Students can complete an internship that allows them to take the knowledge they have obtained in the classroom and apply it in the lab or in a work environment. This program also includes a course that helps students obtain ServSafe certification.
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee
The Institute of Technology is a part of the larger Oklahoma State University system and offers over 30 programs, including the Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts. The school's facilities include state-of-the-art food service equipment and two serving rooms that provide gourmet buffet and a la carte menu experiences for culinary arts students.
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
Students enrolled in the degree program receive hands-on training in food handling, preparation and presentation, as well as restaurant management and service skills. Students take core culinary arts classes in theory and skill development, explore different cuisine styles and are introduced to techniques related to breads, pastries and breakfast cuisine. In addition to core course requirements, students can explore other food-related topics in elective courses on nutrition, wine and cake decorating. Internships are also part of the curriculum.
Other School Option
There is also a culinary arts hospitality assistant program offered at the Indian Capital Technology Center - Muskogee, located about 49 miles from downtown Tulsa.