Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts - St Helena
Prepare for success in the professional bakeshop with the CIA's Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Baking and Pastry Arts degree program. If your creativity shines in the bakeshop, this proven degree program will bring out the best in you. In just 21 months, you will gain the fundamental knowledge and skills that prepare you to be an accomplished professional in the baking and pastry arts.
In the associate in baking and pastry arts degree program in California, you will:
- Create hearth and specialty breads, desserts, pastry, pâtisserie, and confections in extensive hands-on classes—starting the very first week.
- Round out your skill set in basic cooking, nutrition, writing, menu development, communication, food safety, and cost control.
- Put your new skills into action in an 18-week externship at one of more than 1,200 U.S. and international employers.
- Take courses in management, communication, and finance.
You'll complete your learning with nine weeks of real-world experience. You'll learn firsthand how to run a successful bakery café operation from both the front and back of the house and then prepare the breads, plated desserts, chocolates, and confections for a CIA fine-dining restaurant on campus.
- A high school diploma or GED credential. We do not have a minimum GPA requirement.
- Recommendation — You'll need one from a foodservice employer or a culinary educator describing your foodservice experience.
- Foodservice experience — The CIA requires that you gain relevant experience in one of two ways before enrolling: by working in a non-fast food establishment with a professional kitchen for six months or by completing culinary classes at either the high school or college level. Please note that you do not need this experience to apply for admission — the requirement must be met before you enter the CIA.
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