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Baking and Pastry Management

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Degree Type
61-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

Time to Degree
2 years

Start Date

How You'll Learn

  • On Campus

Bakers prepare items such as breads, pastries, muffins and other items for general sale or specialty orders. Gain hands-on practice in state-of-the-art baking labs, while focusing on ingredients, techniques and production skills. Develop management skills and expand techniques of production, cost and staff control in the operation of a bakeshop.

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

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Potential Careers

If you have good time management, planning and organizational skills, a career in baking and pastry might be right for you. Bakers need to be creative and precise as proper measurements are critical to the preparation of baked goods. Additionally, they start their workday in the early morning hours to ensure bakery is ready for the day ahead.

  • Pastry Chef
  • Baker
  • Cake Decorator
  • Bakery Manager/Supervisor
High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$24,300 – $37,100 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. Learn skills and techniques to produce bread, rolls, cakes, pastries, chocolate/confection works and more.
  2. Take part in extensive service learning opportunities and practice your skills while serving the community.
  3. Work in advanced production and management labs. Gain production experience through special promotions and sales in WCTC's on-campus Food Store.

Student mixing ingredients in WCTC Baking and Pastry Lab

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