Why Choose Culinary Arts at PPCC?
The Culinary Arts are not for those with a lack of dedication, endurance, or ambition. Discover your passion and join one of the most diverse and fast-growing career fields. The locally recognized and accredited Culinary Arts program at PPCC can help you start your career.
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
Example Classes I Might Take
Program Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Culinary Arts program at Pikes Peak Community College is to provide the highest quality training at the community college level.
Our 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
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
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.
Certified Dietary Manager Training Program
PPCC Offers a courses to prepare students to test for Certified Dietary Manager (CDM®), Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP®) national examinations.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.
Are required to attend one of the Culinary Arts Orientation sessions. For more information see dates below or call 719-502-3300
All Information Sessions will be held in room B-204a on the Centennial Campus
Tuesday, August 21st 10:00-11:30 am
Tuesday, August 21st 1:00-2:30 pm
Once students attend a session, they will meet with a faculty advisor to register for courses.