Pastry Arts Certificate Programs in NC with Course Overviews

North Carolina (NC) has roughly 10 schools that offer studies in pastry arts. Get some information about these certificate programs and some quick facts for two 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 two schools 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 both of these schools are found in the table included in the article.

  • Central Piedmont Community College, located in downtown Charlotte, provide s a 1-year certificate program in baking and pastry arts. The college is the largest in the North Carolina Community College System.
  • 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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Comparison of Schools

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

Central Piedmont Community College Sandhills Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 19,957* 4,016*
Campus Setting Large city Rural: Fringe
Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016) $2,664 (in state)*
$8,808 (out-of-state)*
$2,401 (in state)*
$8,545 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 72%* 78%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 100% (open admission policy)* 100% (open admission policy)*
Retention Rate (2014) 55%* 54%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 11%* 11%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Central Piedmont Community College

In addition to offering certificate programs in baking and pastry arts, Central Piedmont Community College also confers Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates in hotel and restaurant management, hospitality education and culinary technology. Besides the main campus in Charlotte, the college has seven satellite branch campuses.

Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts

Central Piedmont Community College's baking and pastry arts certificate program has three specialization options. All students take the same three basic courses in sanitation and safety, hospitality studies and baking. They can choose a focus in chocolate and sugar artistry, dessert artistry or cake artistry. Techniques taught by the program include American and European cake construction, plated desserts, cake decorating and chocolate artistry. CPCC students can gain hands-on experience by working in one of the two campus restaurants, including the Aspire Bakery and Bistro.

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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