Baking and Pastry | Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania


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Baking and Pastry students

Westmoreland offers a degree, diploma and certificate in Baking and Pastry. This curriculum is designed to prepare students for various positions in the baking industry.

What Will I Learn?

The program of study provides students with skills necessary for
the production of a wide range of bakery products, including:

  • Yeast rolls, breads, pies, tarts, cookies, doughnuts
    and frozen desserts based on local, regional and international
    traditions and diversity
  • Cakes, cookies and centerpieces
  • Pastry items and confectionery items

This program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation
Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). 

What Will I Earn?

If you plan to stay in the region, there are many occupations related to this program degree and certificates. In the 10-county region* surrounding Westmoreland County Community College, the earnings for occupations in this field range from $8.66 - $18.73 per hour, with an average hourly wage of $14.17. 

It is important to remember that wages vary based on level of education, experience, job location and other factors. 

Source: Data provided by Lightcast™ ( 2023.1

* 10-county region includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the baking and pastry program may accept positions as: pastry cook, pastry chef, executive pastry chef, baker, cake decorator, baking sales representative, institutional baker/ pastry chef, retail baker/pastry chef, wholesale baker/pastry chef, production supervisor, food batch maker, operations manager, sales representative or training specialist.

Program Outcomes and Success Measures

Baking/Pastry, AAS (Apprenticeship & Non)

  • Student graduation rate: 50%
  • Student job placement rate: 100%
  • Students eligible to obtain ACF certification by graduation: 5

Baking/Pastry, AAS (Apprenticeship & Non)

  • Student graduation rate: 46%
  • Student job placement rate: 100%
  • Students eligible to obtain ACF certification by graduation: 5