Baking students in a kitchen.

Baking and Pastry Production

26-credit Technical Diploma

In this intensive, hands-on program, develop knowledge and skills for preparing artisan breads, frozen desserts and pastries; refine techniques in cake production and decorating learn other techniques. Spend 576 hours of lab time in the kitchen developing skills in baking principles and advanced skills by creating a variety of products.

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Program Code 31-314-3

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 *
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 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  
 317-101 Culinary Suprvision/Leadership3 *
 109-125 Hospitality Law & Liability3 *
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.

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

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."