Program of the Month: Culinary Arts

Date Published: November 01, 2017

Westmoreland County Community College offers students the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree or diploma in Culinary Arts at Pennsylvania’s top-ranked culinary school.

The program features an apprenticeship option and a non-apprenticeship option for students seeking either the degree or diploma. 

The degree track with the apprenticeship option combines 63 or 64 credits of academic course work with 4,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training. The diploma track with the apprenticeship option combines 45 or 46 credits of academic course work with 4,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training. Students may complete their apprenticeship through partnerships with Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Duquesne Club, Rolling Rock Club and many other approved apprenticeship sites.

Full-time students can complete the program in two years and part-time students can finish it over a period of three years. At the conclusion of the program, students may apply for certification with the American Culinary Federation.

The Culinary Arts non-apprenticeship degree and diploma options are designed to meet the increasing employment needs of the 21st century for trained chefs and culinary experts. They include classroom and food laboratory experiences and require students to complete an internship. These options accommodate both part- and full-time students over a period of two years or 16 months.

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

Best Choice Schools ranked Westmoreland as the #1 culinary school in Pennsylvania for 2016-2017.

“Westmoreland County Community College is an ideal choice for culinary students who are looking for an exemplary accredited program,” the organization’s website said. “WCCC features state of the art kitchens and professional faculty who provide individualized attention to students.”

Graduates of the program have accepted jobs as cooks, working chefs, station chefs, sous chefs, personal family chefs, executive chefs, culinary educators and managers.

Learn more at our Apprenticeship Fair on November 15 and at Culinary Arts & Hospitality Discovery Day on November 29!