Get Cooking on an Associate Degree or Certificate with MCC’s Culinary Arts Program

MANCHESTER, Conn. (April 17, 2019) – There’s no need to burn up your savings at expensive cooking schools to become a world-class chef. MCC’s award-winning Culinary Arts program – ranked #4 among east coast colleges by Best Choice Schools — is open for registration.

Information sessions will be held on Wednesdays — April 24, May 1, May 15 and May 22 — from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Services Center, Culinary Arts Center, room L294.

The program teaches the tools to be successful in restaurants and kitchens of food services for business and industry dining, health-care facilities and schools, as well as for catering businesses. The Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute.

In addition to classroom and laboratory study, students will participate in an individually-planned, 300-hour cooperative work experience program, earning credit toward graduation while employed.

MCC has articulation agreements that make it easy for graduates to transfer and earn degrees at such baccalaureate institutions as Johnson & Wales University, Paul Smith’s College, Mitchell College and New England Culinary Institute.

A service learning component provides opportunities for students to participate in preparing and serving soups for Foodshare’s annual Empty Bowls Project in October. In addition, students can participate in on-campus clubs that work with local charities, as well as the college’s own Cougar Pantry.

Students have been placed in internships with employers including On20, Compass, Sodexo, the Hartford Public School System and Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, and they have landed jobs upon graduation at upscale restaurants, institutional food services, corporate dining services, golf clubs and hotels.

Degrees and certificates offered include Culinary Arts, A.S.; Culinary Arts certificate, and Professional Baker certificate, and students can also earn double associate degrees in Culinary Arts along with Foodservice Management or Hotel-Tourism. The program also offers courses leading to nationally recognized credentials as a certified cook.  

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