Culinary Arts Program

The Culinary Arts Program will offer an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree through Iowa Central Community College.  This program combines the important components of food preparation and culinary arts, along with nutrition, food safety and sanitation, baking, art of cuisine, and food service management. 

The culinary arts program would also provide an introduction to hospitality and restaurant management with applicable hands-on experience throughout the program at Willow Ridge Golf Course, Restaurant and Bar.  These combined learning experiences will provide program graduates with the necessary skill sets to successfully enter the food industry.  The students will complete an on the job training practicum in an industry field of their choice to complete their well-rounded culinary program.  This would provide the student with a real-life experience and introduction, not only in culinary arts, but also food service management.

Course Schedule

Culinary Arts (A.A.S. Degree)

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HCM-108 Safety and Sanitation
3.0
HCM-128 Basic Baking and Lab
2.0
HCM-131 Basic Pastry and Lab
2.0
HCM-188 Food Preparation
3.0
HCM-189 Knife Skills
2.0
HCM-266 Culinary Math*
3.0
HCM-513 Hospitality Professionalism
1.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HCM-129 Advanced Baking and Lab
2.0
HCM-132 Advanced Pastry and Lab
2.0
HCM-148 Food Fundamentals
3.0
HCM-226 Meat and Fish Fabrication
2.0
HCM-259 Food Preparation II
3.0
HCM-513 Hospitality Professionalism I
1.0
HCM-608 Intro to Hospitality
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HCM-511 Food Technology Internship
3.0
 
Total Hours: 3.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HCM-228 Culinary Nutrition & Food Science
3.0
HCM-272 Garnishing and Finishing Tech
2.0
HCM-275 Advanced Food Preparation
4.0
HCM-517 Hospitality Professionalism II
1.0
XXX-XXX Social Science/Humanities Elective*
3.0
XXX-XXX General Education Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HCM-285 Advanced Food Preparation II
4.0
HCM-296 International Cuisine
3.0
HCM-300 Beverage Management
2.0
HCM-332 Hospitality Personnel Management
2.0
HCM-517 Hospitality Professionalism II
1.0
BUS-114 Workplace Communications*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
Culinary Arts A.A.S. Degree Total Hours: 66.0

*Course may be substituted with a related course from either A.A., A.S., or Approved Gen. Ed. List for Applied Science and Technology

Baking and Pastry Arts (Diploma)

The Baking & Pastry Arts one-year diploma program will introduce students to modern techniques of producing artisan breads, classic pastry, pies, tarts, celebration cakes, confections and showpieces. Students will acquire skills in the preparation, production and presentation of baked goods, desserts and pastries, while also becoming proficient in food safety and cost control. Students will also complete an on-the-job training practicum in an industry field of their choice to complete their well-rounded diploma program.

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HCM-108 Safety and Sanitation
3.0
HCM-128 Basic Baking and Lab
2.0
HCM-131 Basic Pastry and Lab
2.0
HCM-266 Culinary Math*
3.0
HCM-272 Garnishing and Finishing Technique
2.0
HCM-291 Cake Decorating
2.0
HCM-297 Chocolate Confections
2.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HCM-129 Advanced Baking and Lab
2.0
HCM-132 Advanced Pastry and Lab
2.0
HCM-275 International Breads
2.0
HCM-277 Jams, Jellies, and Preservatives
2.0
HCM-293 Advanced Cake Decorating
2.0
HCM-299 Creative Desserts
3.0
HCM-518 Baking Internship
1.0
BUS-113 Workplace Readiness*
1.5
 
Total Hours: 15.5
 
Baking and Pastry Arts Diploma Total Hours: 31.5

*Course may be substituted with a related course from either A.A., A.S., or Approved Gen. Ed. List for Applied Science and Technology

Instructors

Michael Hirst 515-574-1296 hirst@iowacentral.edu  
Geoffrey Phillipson 515-574-1299 phillipson@iowacentral.edu  
Tom Pritchard   pritchard@iowacentral.edu  
Christina Murray   murray_c@iowacentral.edu  
Brittany Bush 515-574-1286 bush_br@iowacentral.edu