Culinary and Baking Arts, AOS

The AOS in Culinary and Baking Arts is designed to prepare students for direct employment in the industry. 

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This degree complements our current Culinary Arts AAS and Culinary certificate, and provides focused in-depth instruction and practice in the fundamentals of culinary and baking arts. The AOS program will be technically oriented and allows students comprehensive hands-on experience to run a fully functioning restaurant which is open to the public. Students will have in-depth focus and skill development in the field of culinary arts. Through a combination of lecture and laboratory activity, students will be able to demonstrate: 

  • competency in cooking fundamentals and techniques
  • competency in baking, pastry, dessert preparation and procedures
  • costing and purchasing needed for food and beverage management
  • writing of menus and restaurant recipes 
  • ability to employ Serv Safe sanitation procedures

Take a love of home baking and cooking to another level with a practical degree designed for fast-tracking a career in the restaurant or hospitality industry. Students receive immersive, hands-on culinary instruction from faculty with extensive front and back of the house culinary experience. Future chefs can learn all aspects of the food industry by studying entirely at the college’s new downtown Glens Falls culinary facility, complete with a fine-dining restaurant.

Program Features

  • Culinary Arts Club
  • All classes located in downtown Glens Falls at the one-of-a-kind Culinary Arts Center, a student-run restaurant that includes a gluten-free kitchen lab
  • Prepare and serve three-course gourmet meals to the public
  • Internships and partnerships with local and regional restaurants and hotels
  • 1st Place “Best Chocolate Confectioner” at the 2014 & 2016 WWAARC Gala

Program Facts

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities in the food and beverage industry will grow nearly 10% over the next three years. 

The restaurant industry is not only one of the largest private-sector employers but also provides a lucrative and fluid career path. Graduates of the Culinary Arts program have many opportunities, including with: 

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Casinos
  • Bars
  • Country clubs
  • Catering

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Degree requirements

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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Employ restaurant sanitation procedures with ServSafe Certification.
  2. Demonstrate competency in cooking fundamentals and techniques.
  3. Demonstrate competency in baking, pastry, dessert preparation and procedures.
  4. Demonstrate costing and purchasing needed for food and beverage management.
  5. Implement writing of menus and restaurant recipes.
  6. Identify and present professional skills needed for entry-level or management positions in the culinary field.