Why Choose Culinary Arts at PPCC?
The Culinary Arts is not for those with a lack of dedication, endurance, or ambition. The life of a Culinarian is simultaneously arduous and immensely rewarding. In this, one of the fastest growing career fields in the nation, the locally recognized Culinary Arts program at PPCC will prepare graduates for challenging and competitive careers in the culinary and hospitality fields. This program offers various degrees and specialized certificates to meet your needs.
What will I study?
Under the direction of skilled chefs, culinary arts students will be able to direct and participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of foods and gain culinary skills.
Students will learn:
- National sanitation standards
- Administration and management skills
- Cooking skills
- Food production and processing
- Customer and personal service
- Knife and cutlery skills
- Understand the culinary industry on a large scale.
Culinary arts graduates will be able to understand both theory and display a mastery of practical kitchen fundamentals.
Example Classes I Might Take
What are graduates doing now?
Pikes Peak Community College alumni have positions in areas such as: Head chef, pastry chef, cooks, and many other positions. Some graduates have gone on to own their own businesses including catering services, diners, and restaurants. Check out the Pin Project, an interactive map featuring some of our graduates.
Graduates from PPCC's Culinary Arts programs have also gone on to study at the following schools:
UCCS, CSU-Pueblo, CSU-Fort Collins, Colorado College and more.
The knowledge and skill sets I gained at PPCC were necessary tools in becoming the business owner I am today. The small classroom setting granted us valuable face time with our Chef instructors that wouldn’t have been possible in a larger school environment. I recommend PPCC to anyone who tells me they want to work in the food service industry.
--Andres Velez Owner of Piglatin Foodtruck
Culinary Arts Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives
The mission and goals of the Culinary Arts program at Pikes Peak Community College are to provide the highest quality training at the community college level. The objective is for our graduates to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become employable as a first cook or assistant baker in an industrial kitchen. This will be accomplished through:
- High expectations of faculty, staff and students.
- Remain current with industry standards by maintaining an active Advisory Committee of community culinary professionals.
- Maintain currency in technology and equipment.
- Adhere to the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation accreditation standards.
- Encourage Life Long Learning
Apply for Scholarships
Every Year the PPCC Foundation offers hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of scholarship money for eligible and in need students.
Are required to attend one of the Culinary Arts Orientation sessions. For more information see dates below or call 719-502-3300
New students Must attend one of the listed session dates prior to registering into the Culinary Arts Program
Next Sessions are TBA
Once students attend a session, they will be able to set up a registration appointment with a Culinary Arts advisior.
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