Associate in Applied Science Degree
The Culinary Arts and Science program addresses the needs of students who wish to learn how to cook professionally and those who have more specialized culinary interests. The curriculum is based on a solid foundation of classical and modern American cuisine, but gives students the opportunity to build skillsets toward their own career interests while they learn how to prepare and serve food in a safe manner.
During the past 20 years, the world has experienced phenomenal growth in the realm of hospitality. The need for well-trained managers in this vast and diverse field has never been greater. Successful companies actively recruit hospitality graduates with credentials that rest upon a strong foundation of business studies, as well as the technical skills and practical experience necessary to excel in the hospitality industry. Examples of possible careers are professional cooking, professional baking and pastry making, catering services, food science, and food styling.
Transfer opportunities are available for students who wish to complete a more advanced degree in hospitality management or other studies. Upon completion of the associate degree, students may elect to transfer to a four-year Culinary Arts and Science institution to further their education. Students should check with an academic advisor in order to further discuss articulation and transfer opportunities.
The following scholarships are available. For eligibility criteria, contact Professor Mark Cosgrove:
- NRAEF ManageFirst Program Scholarship
- FDU Burgundy and Blue Scholarship
- John and Mary Linda Scholarship
- AGB (Alpha Beta Gamma) Business Honor Society Scholarship
- NJAPA Hospitality Scholarship
- Michael Marino, Sr. Scholarship
The Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts department is an institutional member of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education, and the American Culinary Federation.
The Teaching Kitchen and Dining Room provided for the hospitality programs at CCM is one of the best in the area. It features individual work stations for each pair of students and offers a multitude of different state-of-the-art culinary learning experiences. In addition, students gain practical hands-on dining room, food and beverage management, and service experience.
Note: You must see a faculty advisor to plan your sequence of courses. For the most up-to-date listing of courses, see the Curriculum
Checklist for this program on the CCM website at https://www.ccm.edu/student-life/campus-services/academic-advisement/curriculum-checksheets/