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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Culinary Arts, C.A.S.

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Major Code: 323

This program is designed to provide a certificate of achievement in food preparation with one year of training. It emphasizes basic techniques of food preparation. Hands-on experience in the laboratory classes is included to build a foundation of basic cooking skills and commercial food sanitation skills. Upon completion of the program students are prepared to obtain positions as prep cooks and other entry level kitchen positions in restaurants, fast food establishments, hotels and other food service operations. The certificate program prepares students for a seamless transition to the Culinary Arts, Associate in Applied Science  program.

In addition to General Education Outcomes, upon completion the student should be able to:

  • Prepare all types of meals using safe, sanitary and nutritional skills
  • Use correct knife skills, kitchen equipment and kitchen related appliances
  • Demonstrate customer service techniques
  • Demonstrate skills in financial planning, menu planning
  • Explain key laws and regulations for food service establishments

The program course requirements are presented in sequence. Part-time students and others who cannot follow this sequence should check course descriptions in the catalog to determine prerequisites and, in addition, should consult their academic advisor regarding the order in which they take courses.

Uniforms are required for CART 131 , CART 145 , CART 151 , and CART 159 .

Job Titles: Prep cook and other entry-level kitchen positions in restaurants, fast food establishments, hotels and other food-service operations.

Wage and Employment Trends:

  • $23,900 Average Annual Salary (2020) in WV
  • $11.49 average per hour in WV
  • 1180 Projected job openings between in WV (2018-2028)
  • 237,200 Projected job openings in the US (2019-2029)

Wage and employment trends based on Department of Labor and ONET statistics.

CIP Code: 120505

Spring Semester (15 Credits)

Total Credits 32

IMPORTANT GRADUATION INFORMATION: ORNT 090 is a graduation requirement.  See your advisor to determine if you have met this requirement.

Refer to General Education Core Requirements for the Certificate in Applied Science Program listed below for acceptable core requirements.


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