Culinary Arts - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Enter the World of Culinary Arts and Broaden Your Technique and Creativity

Do you have the talent, creativity, and passion for preparing great food? The Alvin Community College Culinary Arts program can feed your passion and help develop your sensibilities and philosophy about food presentation, ingredients, cooking techniques and the overall dining experience.

With both degree and certificate options, our program will prepare you for a rewarding culinary career no matter your experience level. You’ll begin with the fundamentals and then take on advanced coursework building your skills and confidence. Our experienced faculty will ensure you receive hands-on training in all culinary aspects. ACC’s program provides you with all of the educational components required for certification through the American Culinary Federation.

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Career Opportunities

Culinary job opportunities are everywhere, from next door to across the globe. With culinary skills, many students find work in restaurants, the hotel industry, pastry and specialty shops, cruise lines, and resorts, bakery and candy companies, catering services, institutional food service operations, and for themselves.

The Bureau of Labor statistics indicates that jobs in the Food Preparation and Serving industry is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than average. Chefs and Head Cooks in the Houston area earn an average yearly salary of $45,490.

For more information on Culinary Arts career opportunities, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

ACC’s culinary arts program will prepare you for a wide variety of entry-level positions in the food service industry. The program includes a core of culinary arts courses that develop cooking skills and provide instruction in purchasing, cost control, sanitation, nutrition, and supervision. In addition, you’ll receive a well-rounded academic experience including business, computer, and liberal arts courses preparing you for a successful career as a culinary professional.

Curriculum Guide – Culinary Arts, A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate costs for the A.A.S. Degree program are approximately $5,269 for in-district students and $7,519 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $1,663.

Approximate costs for the Culinary Arts Certificate program are approximately $3,248 for in-district students and $4,996 for those out-of district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when directed by the Board of Regents.

Alvin Community College Culinary Arts is honored to be able to offer, our students, three different scholarship opportunities.  Each scholarship has its own criteria that the applicant must meet.  A student may receive only one scholarship (through ACC Culinary Arts) per academic year. 

For more information regarding scholarships, please visit Academic Works.

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