AA in Culinary Arts

A well-rounded education adds more flavor to your future in the food industry. Combining a certificate from Washburn Tech and an associate degree from Washburn University can move you a step ahead in the job market. This field offers a wide range of opportunities. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation! By earning an associate degree, you will learn more about communication, psychology, math and history. Those skills add value to whatever you pursue from running your own restaurant or food truck to managing a kitchen or catering operation. An added bonus is the cost. Washburn Tech students, pursuing an eligible associate degree at Washburn, may qualify for reduced tuition. Enroll now and make a wise investment in yourself.
Career Forecast Bright OutlookJob Growth +10%on campus
culinary students in the kitchen

Culinary Associate Degree

Students in Washburn Tech's Culinary Arts program earn a certificate by completing 48-credit hours on the Washburn Tech campus. To earn an associate degree at Washburn, students complete an additional 27-credit hours on the main campus. You must begin working on your associate degree within six years of the Washburn Tech certificate date. You also must complete Washburn's associate degree requirements within six years of your start date at Washburn. Some Washburn University courses may have prerequisites or require placement scores.

Why pursue an associate degree at Washburn? The courses you complete serve as the recipe for a well-rounded education.

  • Technology courses will introduce you to the development of technology and its impact on today's world.
  • Communication courses will help you better communicate with employers, employees and people in general.
  • Psychology courses will help you better understand people's actions.
  • English courses will assist in writing a resume or in an office setting.
  • Music and/or art courses help relay the benefits of relaxation and hobbies.
  • Math courses will boost your skills when taking measurements and making calculations.
  • History and political courses explore what is happening around the globe and how you can participate.

One of the top benefits is the cost! Students who are concurrently enrolled in 12-credit hours at Washburn Tech are eligible for reduced tuition while completing their associate degree at Washburn University. To ensure you enroll in eligible courses, check with the WU School of Applied Studies advisor for more information at nicole.vavra@washburn.edu.

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
Employment as a cook is expected to grow by 10% from 2019 until 2029 which is much faster than average for all occupations. Individual growth rates will vary by specialty. Population and income growth are expected to result in greater consumer demand for food at a variety of dining places.

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