Baking and Pastry Production

26-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code 31-314-3

Professional bakers possess the skills and creativity necessary to prepare everything from artisan breads to decadent desserts. Focus on baking concepts, principles and techniques, and devote more than 500 hours to lab course time gaining hands-on practice. Learn to prepare specialty breads, desserts and pastries, and refine techniques in cake production and decorating.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in one year.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall semester.

How This Program Is Offered

This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting.

 What Makes This Program Unique

  • This program is primarily offered during the evening, four days per week.
  • Classes give students extensive hands-on experience (576 lab hours) on a wide array of equipment.
  • Hospitality and Culinary students gain valuable experience at WCTC's training restaurant, The Classic Room and The Classic Bistro.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

This program includes introductory and advanced technology core courses. You may also have the opportunity to obtain credit for prior learning.

WCTC Instructors

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2019 Start

  • Submit application by March 4, 2019
  • Complete checklist items by May 13, 2019

Spring 2019 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

Cost

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$23,000 – $27,000 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.

Potential Careers

If you are creative, patient and have a great deal of stamina, a career in baking and pastry production may be right for you. Bakers create new recipes and elaborate decorations for cakes and pastries, and the work they do requires a steady hand and many hours of standing. Additionally, much of their work is detail oriented, requiring a sharp focus and eye for detail.

  • Pastry Chef
  • Baker
  • Cake Decorator
  • Shift Supervisor

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.

 

Other Educational Opportunities

Our certificates are a short-term educational option for growing your workplace skills and workforce marketability. Explore the following certificates if you’re involved in, and interested in learning more about, baking and pastry.

Program Instructors

Michelle Gasparek, AAS | 262.691.5587
Rachel Oliver, BPS | 262.691.5587