Food Service student in a kitchen.

Food Service Production

35-credit Technical Diploma

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It takes a well-trained kitchen staff to create a memorable dining experience for restaurant patrons, and those in food service production are an integral part of that team. Through the Food Service Production program, develop proper cooking techniques and instruction in hot food preparation, baking, garde manger and cold foods.

  • Prepare for jobs such as food service worker, a la carte cook or cook.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school food service or related courses.
  • The curriculum for the Food Service Production technical diploma program is the first year of studies in the Culinary Management Associate of Applied Science degree program. Students who complete the technical diploma will require just one additional year of studies to earn the associate degree.
  • 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.
  • Additional specialized certificates in Baking/Pastry and Meeting and Event Planning can be completed and serve as a complement to the Food Service Production technical diploma program.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $22,932

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Program Code 31-303-2

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-105 Prchsng for Hspitality Indstry2  
 316-100 Principles of Food Preparation5  
 316-115 Culinary Nutrition2  
 109-101 Study of Hospitality2+*
 316-110 Applied Food Service Sanitatn1 *
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+*
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 316-101 Garde Manger3  
 316-107 Baking for Culinary Arts3 *
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 801-198 Speech3+*
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 316-102 Restaurant Cuisine5  
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.