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Our Culinary Arts program combines science, skill, technique, and your creativity. It is a foundation you build on during hands-on internships or a full, 6000-hour apprenticeship. Give our expert instructors up to three years and gain a great lifelong career. Iowa's Last-Dollar Scholarship may even cover your tuition.
What You Learn in Culinary Arts
In culinary arts, you study all that goes into preparing nutritious and creative meals, including the science and techniques that make a dish memorable. Learn about purchasing, cost control, and management. You choose: a Culinary Arts degree or a Culinary Arts Apprenticeship degree. The difference? An extra year and an extra 5,200 hours of paid on-site work experience and mentorship. Finish the apprenticeship and graduate with a Journeyman Chef Certificate. You are on your way. Join the staff of a five-star or start your own.
What Can I Do With a Culinary Arts Degree?
Be an executive chef or an expert sous chef. Lead kitchen and menu operations for a restaurant, hotel, or college campus. Be a head cook. Open a bar or corner bistro. Your EICC education touches on every facet of the food and beverage industry.
A Solid Foundation
Why so sweet?
Learn baking theory and prep, and the big role science and math play.
Feel the chill
Prepare salads, pâté, cold appetizers, ice carvings, and show platters.
Go green, not red
Calculate and control costs, and run a profitable business
Become an expert in starches, sauces, fish, soups, and more
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Iowa's Last-Dollar Scholarship
You may be eligible to earn a degree in this high-demand field for zero tuition costs! You file for financial aid, and if your Expected Family Contribution is at or below $20,000, the state covers the remaining balance beyond the aid for which you are eligible. More than two dozen career programs qualify, including this one. File your FAFSA by July 15.Learn More
Be a Journeyman Chef
Strengthen your resume with a U.S. Department of Labor Journeyman Chef Certificate. In our Culinary Arts Apprenticeship program, you spend 6,000 hours working on-site under the supervision of a journeyman chef or kitchen manager. Be cross-trained in multi-levels of cooking and methods at any of the 65 approved apprenticeship sites. Graduate with a degree and a U.S. Department of Labor Journeyman Chef Certificate.
Dedicated Program Advisor
We know your time is valuable and we honor it. Our program has one advisor who is dedicated to supporting you every step of the way through graduation. One call or one email, to one person. Get all of your questions answered, guidance on courses and schedules, and a familiar face and voice who recognizes yours, too.Contact Teri
Start in High School
Get a jump on your college education while you are in high school. Through our Career Academies, complete a semester to a full year of courses. It's free and cuts down on the time you spend completing your EICC degree, often in half. Save time and money, and launch your career sooner.LEARN MORE ABOUT CAREER ACADEMIES
Your Degree = Success
Complete your education in two years. Qualify for better jobs. Earn a higher salary. Enjoy a better quality of life. The benefits of an associate's degree are impressive and wide-ranging.Explore the value of an associate’s degree
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How to Pay for EICC
College is more affordable than you think, especially when you factor in federal and state aid, loan options, scholarships, institutional grants, and Work-Study.
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