The Baking & Decorative Arts Program provides students with a comprehensive hands-on experience in baking and pastry arts. Students will obtain the practical and theoretical training necessary to produce quality bakery products from scratch. An emphasis is placed on decorative pastry arts including cake decorating, sugar and chocolate work, and plated dessert presentations. Through their experiences in the bakery store, students will learn effective merchandising and sales training techniques.
This program is designed to be completed in a 21-week semester. Due to the limited availability of the courses and the small size of the program, students may not attend on a part-time basis.
The program is accredited by the Retail Bakers of America and the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute. After completion of the program and with 1000 hours of work experience in the baking industry, students can take the Retail Bakers of America’s Certified Journey Baker written exam. This is the beginning level of certification leading up to a Master Baker qualification. The purpose of RBA certification is to raise the professional standards and verify the work, skill and knowledge professional bakers bring to the marketplace and improve job opportunities and income for certified bakers and decorators.
Graduates of this program typically earn $10 to $14 per hour.