Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Program


Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

The Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Program was developed to serve the emerging needs of the food service and hospitality establishments of the college’s service area. This program was designed to provide degrees and certificates with core courses in nutrition, food purchasing, food preparation, cooking, meal presentation and meal service along with knowledge and skills in customer service, restaurant operations and hospitality management.

The program mission is to assist each individual in choosing, preparing for, and becoming gainfully employed in the field of Culinary Arts and or/Hospitality Services Management.

Career Opportunities

The diverse range of career paths offered by this industry provides excellent job opportunities for people with varied skills and educational backgrounds. Jobs are plentiful for first time workers or employees seeking alternative schedules. Jobs in this career field include restaurant and hotel managers and supervisors, food processing technicians, pastry chefs and bakers, servers, line cooks and chefs.

Additional information is available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Skills Needed

To be successful in the field of Culinary Arts requires a passion for quality preparation and serving of food and beverages, a commitment to serving others and the ability to function as a team player. Good communication skills and an excellent work ethic are also essential.

Expected Earnings/Salary

According to the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Culinary Arts graduates may earn the following:

Food Service Managers & Supervisors

  • Median annual earnings, for salaried food service managers, is $48,130.
  • The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,480 annually.
  • The highest 10 percent earned more than $80,410 annually.

Chefs and Head Cooks

  • The Median annual earnings are $40,630.
  • The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,260 annually.
  • The Highest 10 percent earned more than $70,960 annually.

The program offers an Associate Degree in Applied Science as well as career entry certificates. 

Types of Programs Offered

Click to view the courses required for each certificate or degree option.

Associates Degree
Short Term Certificate

Apprenticeship Courses

The AAS Degrees and the associated certificates in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management include apprenticeship courses. The courses require the student to devote 30 hours per week working in the field under the supervision of professionals in Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management. Theory and lab classes are scheduled toward the beginning of the week to accommodate typical food service work hours for students taking apprenticeship classes.

Additional Costs

The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program requires that all students purchase the college specified uniform - this is part of the profession. This purchase must be made before the first day of class. The uniform must be worn by students for all laboratory activities as well as at workplace apprenticeship assignments. The cost for uniforms and textbooks are in addition to the standard tuition and fee charge per credit hour.

Estimated Program Costs

Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management

Award Type Credit Hours Est. Tuition & Fees Est. Books/Supplies Est. Total Cost
Associate Degree (AAS) 76 $10,564.00 $1,800.00 $12,364.00
Career Skills Certificate (STC) - Culinary Arts 28 $3,692.00 $600.00 $4,492.00

Advisory Committee

Julia Arnett
Culinary Arts Instructor, Madison County Career Tech. Center

Judy Brown
Education Specialist, Alabama Dept. of Education

Pete Doyle
General Manager, Holiday Inn Research Park

Chef Chris Villa
Culinary Arts Instructor, Wallace State College

Chef Garien Shelby
Corporate Chef, Adept Technologies

Vickie Thrower
General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Huntsville

Cynthia Hart
President/Owner, Shea’s Express

Stephen Ryberg
General Manager, Embassy Suites

Click here to contact the Culinary Arts/Hospitality Services Management Program or call 256.551.5204 for more information.