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Pastry Arts Certificate Programs in NC with Course Overviews

North Carolina (NC) has roughly 13 schools that offer studies in pastry arts. Get some information about these certificate programs and some quick facts for one of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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NC Schools with Pastry Arts Certificate Programs

Baking and pastry arts certificate programs are offered at several NC schools. Some of these schools also offer diploma and associate's degree programs; in many cases credits from the certificate and diploma programs can be applied to an associate's degree program. Programs are mostly available through community and technical colleges.

Learn about one school in the state offering programs in baking and pastry arts that include hands-on training to prepare students for careers creating cakes, pastries and other desserts. Several helpful facts about this school is found in the table included in the article.

  • Sandhills Community College is a 2-year school based in Pinehurst, NC, which is about 90 miles from Charlotte. Its hospitality and culinary technology division offers several baking and pastry arts programs, including one that results in a certificate.

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School Info

When looking for pastry arts studies at the certificate level, it is just as important to consider what schools have to offer. The table below supplies information about Sandhills Community College's population, admission rates, tuition costs and retention and graduate rates.

Sandhills Community College
School Type 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 4,206
Campus Setting Rural: Fringe
Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)* $2,598 (in state)
$8,742 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 69%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admission policy)
Retention Rate (2017)* 64% for full-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)* 18%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Sandhills Community College

Sandhills Community College opened in 1965 and today enrolls more than 4,000 students. Its baking and pastry arts students have access to multiple facilities for hands-on training, including the Whole Harvest Kitchen, baking and pastry lab, Russell Dining Room and culinary arts lab.

Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate

Baking and pastry arts students learn basic baking skills in this certificate program as well as techniques in specific types of baked goods, such as European cakes and tortes. The 16-credit program consists of six courses and can be completed in about one year. Students are also trained in sanitation and safety, hot and cold desserts, and artisan and specialty breads. Upon completion, graduates may be eligible for American Culinary Federation certification.

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