Food Service student in a kitchen.

Culinary Management

66-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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The Culinary Management program is designed for those who are passionate about food, have a strong sense of business savvy and want to combine the two for a rewarding career in the kitchen management field. In this program, devote more than 1,000 lab hours to learning the latest culinary techniques and trends. Gain practical, hands-on experience in meal planning, preparation, presentation and serving at the on-campus training restaurant, The Classic Room.

  • Prepare for jobs such as sous chef, assistant manager, line cook or kitchen manager.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school food service or related courses.
  • WCTC’s program is accredited and certified by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission.
  • International study tour opportunities and internships are available. In the past, students have traveled to Italy, France, England and Germany.
  • A program-to-program transfer opportunity is available at the New England Culinary Institute. Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • The Hospitality and Culinary Club promotes professionalism among members, develops and uses resources and talents to increase members’ knowledge of the hospitality/culinary industry, and improves human relations through club and industry interaction.
  • Internship experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • Students in the Culinary Management program are required to purchase a knife kit and uniform for their studies, which is available at the WCTC Bookstore.
  • Additional specialized certificates in Baking/Pastry and Meeting and Event Planning can be completed and serve as a complement to the Culinary Management degree program.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $28,803

Program Code 10-317-1

Required Courses

Traditional Option

Pathway Option

In traditional option programs, students register for and take a set number of courses each semester, usually five or six. Classes are scheduled throughout the day, and sometimes at night or on weekends, and completed in a conventional manner - two semesters each year.

Generally, most courses are taken on campus in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Many students who opt for the traditional college option are those who recently completed high school and those who do not hold full-time jobs.

Completing degree and diploma programs in a traditional manner generally takes one to two years, depending on number of credits and type of program; other completion option programs may be structured differently.

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 316-100 Principles of Food Preparation5  
 316-115 Culinary Nutrition2  
 109-101 Study of Hospitality2+*
 316-110 Applied Food Service Sanitatn1 *
 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  
 316-101 Garde Manger3  
 317-102 Menu Planning and Design2  
 890-108 Employment Success1+ 
 316-107 Baking for Culinary Arts3 *
 801-198 Speech3+*
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 316-157 Culinary Management Internship1 *
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-121 Restaurant Operations Mgmt4+ 
 316-102 Restaurant Cuisine5  
 109-125 Hospitality Law & Liability3 *
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
 809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies3 *
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 316-103 Intrnatnl & Regional Cuisine5  
 317-101 Culinary Suprvision/Leadership3 *
 101-105 Accounting Fundamentals3 *
 809-195 Economics3+*
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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View course descriptions of all required courses

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
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+
Colorado State University-Global CampusBS Business Managementup to 64
New Eng. Culinary InstBA Food & Beverage Managementup to 60
New Eng. Culinary InstBA Culinary Artsup to 60
New Eng. Culinary InstBA Food and Beverage Business Managementup to 60
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiesup to 65
UW-OshkoshBS Human Services Leadershipup to 63

General Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Concordia UniversityAny BachelorsVaries
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
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-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in 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, Jack Birren

Jack Birren

Phone: 262.691.5590


  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Johnson & Wales University

Teaching Philosophy

"Every student is here for a different reason. As a chef instructor, I feel it is my job to find what that reason is and instill in them the passion, dedication and confidence that it will take to get them to reach their goal."

Program instructor, Andrew Tenaglia

Andrew Tenaglia

Phone: 262.691.5590


  • BS, Accounting and Finance, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • AAS, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Restaurant and Hotel Cookery


  • Certified Executive Chef

Teaching Philosophy

"I like to teach through example to the best of each individual’s ability."