Your Baking and Pastry Management AAS will prepare you to be employable in any type of hospitality operation on land, water or air. Potential employers include restaurants, hotels, banquet halls, cruise ships and airlines. Your training will enable you to pursue positions such as executive pastry chefs, pastry chefs, banquet pastry chefs, pantry chefs, pastry kitchen managers, bakers, cake decorators and designers, chocolatiers and confectioners.

All students in lab skills classes are required to have the approved MCC student uniform, hat and tool kit. Uniforms and tool kits are included in course fees. Orders are placed via an outside vendor the first week of CLM 101 and PAS 101 classes. Additional recommended items will vary by class and some additional items will be available for purchase in the bookstore. See more uniform and toolkit information in our frequently asked questions.

Total Cost of Baking and Pastry Management AAS

(in-district) Total Amount: $11,850.00

Credit Hours to Complete: 67

Weeks to Complete: 80

Baking and Pastry AAS Requirements

What makes MCC's Baking and Pastry Management AAS 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.

In addition to the Baking and Pastry Management AAS, we offer:

What you need to know about getting your Baking and Pastry Management AAS (CIP 12.0501 )

Total Baking and Pastry Management AAS Costs
  in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $7,370.00 $25,940.00 $31,486.00 $31,486.00
Additional Baking and Pastry Management AAS Costs $4,480.00 $4,480.00 $4,480.00 $4,480.00
Program Total $11,850.00 $30,420.00 $35,966.00 $35,966.00


What job opportunities are available to someone with a Baking and Pastry Management AAS?

executive pastry chefs, pastry chefs, banquet pastry chefs, pantry chefs, pastry kitchen managers, bakers, cake decorators and designers, chocolatiers and confectioners

Occupations that Baking and Pastry Management AAS prepares you for
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How will MCC's Baking and Pastry Management AAS 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.

By the Numbers:

  • Salary Range: Most fields offer excellent earnings expectations and potential.
  • Job Outlook:
    • 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

What have graduates gone on to do?

Outside of the Classroom

In addition to standard coursework, you have the opportunity to work in the Tartan Bistro, our student-run restaurant, and Sweet Scots, our student-run 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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Additional information:

Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.