Culinary Arts, Associate in Applied Science Degree

Program Description for Culinary Arts

Apprenticeship is the classic training method of chefs and cooks, and still used almost exclusively in Europe. These programs are linked to each state Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. When you graduate, you will have the training to begin a career throughout the United States.

Just as great, you earn while you learn. Students spend just one day a week in our labs receiving their training and then work at local restaurants and related facilities through the rest of the week.

Classes are available at Scott Community College's state-of-the-art culinary lab and at Muscatine Community College in the newly-renovated kitchen area of the former Button Factory restaurant in downtown Muscatine.

Since 1991, the program has operated in conjunction with the Chefs de Cuisine Association of the Quad Cities.

Apprentices work at one of the chapter's 65 approved apprenticeship sites under the supervision of the executive chef to complete a total of 6,000 hours on the job. 

Award Options for Culinary Arts


Culinary student taking dish out of ovenJob Outlook for Culinary Arts

Employment of chefs, head cooks and food preparation and serving supervisors will be generated by increases in population, a growing variety of dining venues, and continued demand for convenience. Median annual wage-and-salary earnings of chefs and head cooks were $40,630 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,260, and the top 10 percent earned more than $70,960.

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Locations: Muscatine Community College, Scott Community College

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