Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Culinary Management program is designed for those who are passionate about food, have a strong sense of business savvy and want to combine the two for a rewarding career in the kitchen management field. In this program, devote more than 1,000 lab hours to learning the latest culinary techniques and trends. Gain practical, hands-on experience in meal planning, preparation, presentation and serving at the on-campus training restaurant, The Classic Room.
- Prepare for jobs such as sous chef, assistant manager, line cook or kitchen manager.
- Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school food service or related courses.
- WCTC’s program is accredited and certified by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission.
- International study tour opportunities and internships are available. In the past, students have traveled to Italy, France, England and Germany.
- A program-to-program transfer opportunity is available at the New England Culinary Institute. Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
- The Hospitality and Culinary Club promotes professionalism among members, develops and uses resources and talents to increase members’ knowledge of the hospitality/culinary industry, and improves human relations through club and industry interaction.
- Internship experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
- Students in the Culinary Management program are required to purchase a knife kit for their studies, which is available at the WCTC Bookstore.
- Additional specialized certificates in Baking/Pastry and Meeting and Event Planning can be completed and serve as a complement to the Culinary Management degree program.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Salary Range: $22,000-$42,000
- Average Salary: $28,552
- Median Salary: $27,149
- Average Entry-Level Salary: $31,241
- Average Hourly Wage: $13.00
- Three-year Average Salary: $27,033
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
WCTC Credits Awarded
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
|Bellevue University||Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science||up to 69|
|Cardinal Stritch||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Management, Bachelor of Science in Strategic Management of Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management, Bachelor of Science in Human Service Management||70|
|Concordia University||Baccalaureate Degree||up to 80|
|Franklin University||Bachelor of Science (various)||Junior Standing|
|New Eng. Culinary Inst||Food & Beverage Management||junior status|
|Ottawa University||Bachelor of Arts||up to 80|
|Ottawa University||Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Management||up to 80|
|Silver Lake College||Bachelor of Science (various)||minimum of 60|
|U of Phoenix||Bachelor of Science (various)||varies|
|Upper Iowa University||Bachelor of Science||up to 78|
|UW-Green Bay||Bachelor of Applied Studies Online||Junior Status|
|UW-Stout||Bachelor of Science in Management||up to 69|
|UW-Stout||B.S.Career, Technical Education & Training||up to 60|
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
Meet your Instructor
- Master of Arts in Teaching, Johnson & Wales University
"Every student is here for a different reason. As a chef instructor, I feel it is my job to find what that reason is and instill in them the passion, dedication and confidence that it will take to get them to reach their goal."
- BS, Accounting and Finance, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
- AAS, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Restaurant and Hotel Cookery
- Certified Executive Chef
"I like to teach through example to the best of each individual’s ability."