Baking students in a kitchen.

Baking and Pastry Management

65-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Develop knowledge and skills in the baking and pastry arts field in this comprehensive, hands-on program. The first year, core courses will focus on ingredients, techniques and production skills. The second year continues skill development and adds management concepts and techniques of production, cost, and staff control in the operation of a bakeshop. Supporting courses cover a range of topics, including hospitality law, food service sanitation, purchasing, and food, beverage and labor cost control.

  • Earn two degrees in three years by combining Baking and Pastry Management with Hospitality Management.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Average Salary: $23,902

Program Code 10-314-2

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 314-120 Science of Baking Principles2  
 314-121 Breads and Rolls1  
 314-122 Principles of Baking1  
 314-126 Cookies/Bars/Petit Fours Sec1  
 314-127 Custards/Mousse/Souffle/Fr Des1  
 314-128 Artisan Breads1  
 109-101 Study of Hospitality2+*
 316-110 Applied Food Service Sanitatn1 *
 314-131 Culinary for Bakers2 *
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+ 
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-105 Prchsng for Hspitality Indstry2  
 109-135 Food/Bvrage/Labor Cost Control3  
 314-123 Cake Production and Decorating2  
 314-124 Pastry, Specialty Plated Dsrt1  
 314-125 Confections1  
 314-129 Pies, Tarts, Fillings1  
 314-132 Bakeshop Production1  
 316-115 Culinary Nutrition2  
 890-108 Employment Success1+ 
 109-125 Hospitality Law & Liability3 *
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 314-157 Baking and Pastry Internship1 *
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 314-134 Baking Pastry Prod and Mgmt 14  
 317-101 Culinary Suprvision/Leadership3 *
 101-105 Accounting Fundamentals3 *
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 809-195 Economics3+ 
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-150 Mktg & Sales for Hspitality3  
 314-135 Baking Pastry Prod and Mgmt 24  
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3  
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+*
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

316-110 Applied Food Service Sanitatn 1
316-115 Culinary Nutrition 2
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm 3
804-123 Math w Business Apps 3
809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies 3
809-196 Intro to Sociology 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

Program Specific Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Cardinal StritchAny Bachelor Degree in the College of Business and Management60+
New Eng. Culinary InstBA Baking and Pastry Artsup to 60
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiesup to 65

General Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Concordia UniversityAny BachelorsVaries
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeCredits vary, check with Lakeland
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 50%+ tuition disccount for WCTC grads
Purdue University GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-StoutBS Managementup to 60
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standing
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Michelle Gasparek

Michelle Gasparek


  • Diploma – Retail Bakery Production, Milwaukee Area Technical College


  • Course completion certificates from Le Cordon Bleu, Chocolate and Sugar Showpieces; Kendall College, Fondant and Gumpaste

Teaching Philosophy

"I feel an effective instructor inspires passion, knowledge and the mastering of skills to prepare students for a successful career in the real world."