The Oakland Community College Culinary Studies Institute has been granted a seven-year exemplary accreditation by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation's Accrediting Commission.
The Culinary Studies Institute offers five programs, giving students many options in the Hospitality field. Degrees include:
Culinary Arts Degree
The largest of the Institute's programs, Culinary Arts gives students a combination of classroom and hands-on experience. In addition to time in the kitchen labs cooking and baking, specialties such as ice carving and wine and spirits are covered. Students participate in events such as the annual Wassail Feast and operation of the Ridgewood Cafe, a restaurant located at the Orchard Ridge Campus. It's not only about cooking--students learn management techniques and skills necessary to become an executive chef or owning a restaurant.
Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate
Deserts, wedding cakes and breads are the focus of this program. Pastry chefs are sought after by restaurants, hotels, private clubs and catering companies. In just one year students can learn the special skills it takes to turn out edible works of art.
Restaurant Management Degree
The Restaurant Management degree offers unique courses to develop skills in supervision, leadership, culinary arts, cost analysis, and wines and spirits. Hands-on experience coordinating and managing special events at the Culinary Studies Institute rounds out their education.
Hotel/Motel Management Degree
This degree prepares students for the business of managing a hotel or motel from the inside out. Classes focus on guest services, human resources, marketing, profitability and hotel operations.
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