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Pastry Courses in NJ with Programs and School Information

Jul 30, 2019

There are 11 schools within New Jersey that have pastry courses. Read an overview of the ten largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is right for you.

Essential Information

The ten largest schools that offer pastry courses typically offer the classes as part of a 2-year associate's degree or certificate in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts program, which may take 6-14 months. Generally, these programs don't require any special prerequisites, although any baking or pastry experience is beneficial. A placement test and high school diploma or GED are standard admissions requirements.

Pastry techniques are learned through classroom lessons, as well as food laboratories. A food service externship is often a requirement in a degree program, while certificate programs present core baking and pastry topics. Below is a brief overview of each school that includes pastry courses, along with a comparison table showing each school's tuition information and offerings at a glance.


Atlantic Cape Community College

The Academy of Culinary Arts, at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, as of Fall 2013, offers an associate's degree program in baking and pastry. The program gives students a strong background in this culinary art form in addition to a solid understanding of ordering methods, management techniques and menu planning. Students can expect to take classes such as introduction to culinary arts, basics of baking, baking theories, basic pastry preparation, artisan breads and specialty cakes. Students also gain hands-on experience in lab classes, working at the on-campus restaurant and completing an externship.

Bergen Community College

The hotel, restaurant and hospitality department at Bergen Community College, in Paramus, has two full laboratory kitchens and several program options, including four certificate programs and two associate's degree programs. Each option includes pastry courses as part of the curriculum, most notably the baking certificate program, which includes courses such as basic and advanced baking techniques along with professional food preparation techniques and food safety.

Brookdale Community College

Brookdale Community College collaborates with the Monmouth County Vocational School District to offer an associate's degree program and several certificate programs in culinary arts through the Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County, located in Asbury Park. The facilities include state-of-the-art classrooms and lab spaces to give students a combination of classroom theory and hands-on, practical knowledge. Students can expect to take classes such as baking skills, advanced baking, patisserie and confections. Students in the certificate programs can apply earned credits toward an associate's degree.

Hudson County Community College

Hudson County Community College is about 20 minutes from New York City, in Jersey City. The college's Culinary Arts Institute offers a culinary arts degree program that is one of two programs in the region accredited by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission. The Culinary Arts Institute features a 72,000-square-foot facility, with state-of-the-art classrooms, kitchens and bakeries. Lab classes are usually restricted to 16 students or less, allowing faculty members to offer more of an individualized approach. Students typically take courses in food service sanitation, menu planning and baking skills as well as complete an externship. The associate's degree program in baking and pastry includes a series of four courses focused exclusively on teaching bakeshop skills, ranging from common breads, cookies and pies to exquisite cakes, pastillage and chocolate art.

Mercer County Community College

Mercer County Community College has two campuses: The main campus in West Windsor Township and the James Kerney campus in downtown Trenton. The college offers several programs with baking and pastry courses, including its culinology and culinary arts associate's degree programs, which include classes in professional baking. Another option is the professional baking certificate program, which gives students skills in preparing bakery products, following safe methods of preparing baked goods and assessing supply needs and product quality. Courses include three levels of professional baking classes and training in restaurant desserts and artisan breads.

Middlesex County College

Edison-based Middlesex County College's offers associate's degrees and certificate programs in culinary arts and in baking and pastry through its Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Dietetics Department. All of the programs include baking and pastry courses in the curriculums. Facilities include a state-of-the-art, modular food lab that is used for beginning food courses and advanced culinary courses. The college also has a 100-seat restaurant that is student-run and open to the public for lunch. Students who graduate from an associate's degree program are eligible to transfer the credits to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree.

Ocean County Vocational Technical School

Ocean County Vocational Technical School, located in Toms River, offers two certificate program options for students interested in pursuing a culinary career, including a two-year, 900-hour tech-prep program for students in their junior and senior year of high school as well as a one-year, 900-hour program for students who have already graduated high school. Both programs include courses in commercial baking and advanced baking, in addition to classes in safety and sanitation, food preparation and dining room service.

Passaic County Community College

The culinary arts programs at Passaic County Community College, located in Paterson, are offered as part of the school's Continuing Education and Workforce Development department and the Culinary Arts department. Options include a 28-week certificate program in food service preparation. The program counts as gaining six months of working experience and includes a course in baking techniques as well as classes in food safety, menu building and nutrition. Another option is the 33 credit baking certificate, which teaches students how to prepare dough for breads, cakes and pastries as well as how to decorate cakes.

Raritan Valley Community College

Branchburg-based Raritan Valley Community College offers a course in baking and pastry arts as part of its associate's degree program in food and beverage management. The three-credit course teaches students about basic baking principles, baking tools and equipment and the preparation of various baked goods and confections, like doughnuts, custards and fruit desserts. Students gain hands-on baking experience by working in the college's on-site restaurant.

Rowan College at Burlington County

Rowan College at Burlington County, in Mount Holly, has a 19,000-square-foot Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism facility that serves more than 350 students every year. The culinary arts department offers degree programs in culinary arts and pastry arts that prepare students to enter the workforce or transfer to a bachelor's degree program in culinary arts. All of the programs combine classes in culinary arts, culinary techniques, nutrition and food service sanitation with classes in professional baking. The pastry arts program also offers advanced baking, artisan bread and specialty dessert courses.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Baking and Pastry Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Atlantic Cape Community College Two-year; public; rural fringe Associate in Applied Science in Baking and Pastry $4,818 (in-district)*
$6,318 (in-state)*
$7,818 (out-of-state)*
Bergen Community College Two-year; public; large suburb Certificate in Baking,
Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Certificate in Culinary Science,
Certificate in Professional Cooking,
Associate of Applied Science in Catering and Banquet Management,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Entrepreneurship
$4,500 (in-district)*
$8,154 (in-state)*
$8,526 (out-of-state)*
Brookdale Community College Two-year; public; rural fringe Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Certificate in Pastry Arts,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts
$4,869 (in-district)*
$7,963 (in-state)*
$8,663 (out-of-state)*
Hudson County Community College Two-year; public; large city Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Certificate of Proficiency in Baking,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry
$5,718 (in-district)*
$9,978 (in-state)*
$14,028 (out-of-state)*
Mercer County Community College Two-year; public; rural fringe Certificate in Professional Baking,
Certificate in Professional Cooking,
Associate of Science in Culinology,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts
$4,206 (in-district)*
$5,394 (in-state)*
$7,638 (out-of-state)*
Middlesex County College Two-year; public; large suburb Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts Management
$3,516 (in-district)*
$7,032 (in-state)*
$7,032 (out-of-state)*
Ocean County Vocational-Technical School Less than two-year; public; large suburb Certificate in Culinary Arts $6,550*
Passaic County Community College Two-year; public; large suburb Certificate in Baking,
Certificate in Food Service Preparation
$5,070 (in-district)*
$6,960 (in-state)*
$8,850 (out-of-state)*
Raritan Valley Community College Two-year; public; rural fringe Associate of Applied Science in Food and Beverage Management $4,612 (in-district)*
$5,692 (in-state)*
$5,692 (out-of-state)*
Rowan College at Burlington County Two-year; public; large suburb Associate of Applied Science in Pastry Arts,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts,
Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
$4,725 (in-district)*
$5,235 (in-state)*
$7,185 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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