The prepares you for food service positions such as qualified baker and baker's assistant in institutional, retail and commercial bakeries.

Move from the Baking and Pastry Assistant I certificate to the and then complete the Baking and Pastry AAS and/or Culinary Management AAS at MCC. All core general education requirements are the same for both culinary and pastry students.

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What makes MCC's program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

All culinary and pastry courses are taught by professionals working in the field, including sous chefs and executive chefs as well as restaurant and bakery owners. These professionals make career information available to you throughout the program. In addition, toward the end of the program, the career services coordinator will meet with classes to help you construct a resume, begin the job search process, participate in mock interviews, and other activities that will prepare you for your career search and success in the baking and pastry field.

Be sure to apply for MCC scholarships to help defray the cost of your education. We have several scholarships especially for culinary students.

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How will MCC's program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

The curriculum is designed to meet industry standards set by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) as well as the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The NRAEF prepares students for the NRAEF ManageFirst industry certification as well as the ServSafe® Sanitation Manager certification.

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  • Salary Range: Most fields offer excellent earnings expectations and potential.
  • Job Outlook:
    • The projected outlook for bakers remains somewhat stable with 6% growth in all small and large company openings.
    • On average there are more than 800 openings in the culinary field in McHenry County alone
    • Ninety percent of students find jobs in culinary arts within one year of graduation

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The hands-on bakery operations class offered each Fall provides you with the real-life experience of running an onsite campus bakery. You determine the menus, cost out the ingredients, and prepare and sell all the goods that are produced in the kitchen making sure to cover the costs of the product.


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