Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts program provides the student with theory and practical work experience relative to planning, selecting, preparing and serving quality foods. This program also covers safety practices, the use and care of commercial equipment, and sanitation precautions. The GJCTC Culinary Arts kitchen and the GJCTC Spartan Inn Restaurant offer ideal settings to study and practice all careers related to institutional, commercial, and self-owned food establishments. Career specialties include chef, specialty cook, meat cutter, caterer, cake baker and decorator, and food salesperson. Serve-Safe certification is available for students who qualify. Membership in the American Culinary Federation is also available. A diploma is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

General areas of training**:

  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Food Service Industry
  • Cooking Theory & Practice
  • Nutrition

  • Dining Room Service
  • Food Purchasing, Receiving & Culinary Math
  • Management


*Note: Tuition subject to change. Tuition does not include costs for books, tools, background checks, certification fees/or related program fees.
**In an effort to stay current with changes and trends in the industry, program curriculum may change during the program year.

Next Steps

  1. Call the adult education career counselor at (814) 266-6073 x233 or (814) 266-6073 x133 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to schedule a tour and/or make a registration interview appointment.
  2. You must have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Be prepared to bring the $100 registration fee with you to the registration interview. This fee must be paid before your interview begins and is non-refundable. Payment of this fee secures your seat in the class and will be deducted from your tuition once you begin your program.
  4. During the interview, which is conducted by the adult education career coach, school policies and procedures will be reviewed. Additionally, any entrance requirements you must complete will be reviewed. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and/or the school.
  5. After your interview, you should begin the application process for financial aid (if applicable).
  6. Once all requirements are met, you will receive a letter of acceptance from the Supervisor of Adult Education.

Still have questions? Please submit them below or call 814-266-6073 x233 or 1-888-434-4436

You will be considered registered after you complete the registration interview and complete the necessary steps.