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Restaurant Management Degrees and Certificates in Los Angeles

There are more than six schools in and around Los Angeles that have restaurant management degree or certificate programs. To narrow down the options and find out which one is right for you, read an overview of the program requirements at three colleges located within 25 miles of downtown.

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Los Angeles Restaurant Management Schools

Students interested in a restaurant management degree or certificate program in the Los Angeles area have several schools to choose from. The three featured in this article are all reachable within half an hour of the city's center. Explore the required coursework at the colleges, and then compare the institutions in a variety of areas using the table of stats. There's also info on a few other school options in the L.A. area.

  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College is located less than two miles from downtown L.A. and offers an associate degree in restaurant management.
  • Another option located ten miles away in Glendale is Glendale Community College, which offers a certificate in restaurant management.
  • Students can also consider Mt. San Antonio College, which is located roughly 25 miles from the heart of downtown L.A. in Walnut. The school offers two levels of certificates in the field as well as a hospitality and restaurant management associate degree.

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Comparison of Schools

The featured colleges have different school settings, student enrollment numbers and graduation rates; however, as two-year public institutions, they all have similar tuition rates. To get specifics on these and other facts, check out the table below.

Los Angeles Trade Technical College Glendale Community College Mt. San Antonio College
School Type Two-year, public Two-year, public Two-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 14,688* 15,112* 29,045*
Campus Setting Large city Midsize city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $1,220 in-state; $7,016 out-of-state* $1,175 in-state; $5,855 out-of-state* $1,348 in-state; $7,960 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 81%* 66%* 75%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions policy N/A - Open admissions policy N/A - Open admissions policy
Retention Rate (2014) 60% for full-time* 72% for full-time* 80% for full-time*
Graduation Rate (2014) 21%* 18% * 31%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) was established in 1925 and is the oldest school in the Los Angeles Community College District. The school emphasizes career education and offers almost 90 occupational programs at its 25-acre campus situated close to L.A.'s central business district. Students can earn an associate degree in restaurant management through the culinary arts department.

Associate in Arts in Restaurant Management

The Associate in Arts in Restaurant Management program at LATTC requires a minimum of 60 credits, 42 of which must be within the restaurant management major. The program provides students with basic kitchen skills and prepares them for work as restaurant managers, assistants, kitchen managers and supervisors. Coursework in this two-year program includes sanitation and safety, nutrition, accounting, restaurant management, baking, breakfast cookery, menu planning and supervision.

Glendale Community College

Glendale Community College (GCC) was founded in 1927 in Glendale, CA, and its campus spans 100 acres in the San Rafael Mountains. The certificate programs at GCC are mostly technical or vocational programs designed to give students basic skills and knowledge in a specific area of interest. The school offers a certificate program in restaurant management through its culinary, nutrition and hospitality management program.

Restaurant Management Certificate

The 37-credit certificate program in restaurant management at GCC provides students with a solid foundation in restaurant management and the basics of the food service industry. Coursework includes fundamentals of professional cooking, catering and banquet operations, sanitation practices, purchasing, restaurant management and dining room service. Additionally, students participate in a hotel and restaurant internship or occupational work experience.

Mt. San Antonio College

Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) was established in 1946 and is one of the largest community colleges in California. In the hospitality and restaurant management career path program, students can earn a certificate or an associate degree in the field.

Restaurant Management - Level-One Certificate

The level-one certificate program in restaurant management at Mt. SAC provides students with training for entry-level employment. Required courses include hospitality, safety and sanitation and dining room service management. A field experience is required as well.

Restaurant Management - Level-Two Certificate

The level-two restaurant management certificate is designed for students who want to gain employment in the food service industry as managers-in-training. The 17.5-credit program includes courses in safety and sanitation, basic cooking techniques, restaurant cost control, cultural and ethnic foods and creative foods.

Associate of Science in Hospitality and Restaurant Management

The associate degree program in hospitality and restaurant management at Mt. SAC provides students with entry-level training for the hospitality and food service industry. The program includes 28.5 credits of major coursework covering food safety and sanitation, basic cooking techniques, restaurant cost control, accounting, hospital law, menu planning and catering. Students participate in a restaurant or hospitality work experience and are encouraged to gain additional experience. Mt. SAC works with four-year universities in the California State University System to make transferring as seamless as possible.

Other Schools

In the L.A. area, students can also find restaurant and hospitality management programs at Los Angeles Mission College, which is located about 25 miles north of downtown L.A. in Sylmar. Other options include Cypress College, situated roughly 23 miles south of L.A., and California State University - Long Beach, located around 26 miles south of L.A.

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