Foodservice is America’s #1 retail employer. Because we need cheese and chocolate. And people to supply it 24/7.
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Culinary Production Specialist
Program Number: 313162
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
27 Credits | Finish diploma in 1.5 years
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$3,873.15 Tuition
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  • Program Overview

    The Culinary Production Specialist program at Madison College will help you develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in the food-service industry within restaurants, bakeries, catering services, delis, hotels, resorts, healthcare facilities, and schools.  

    Statistics show that the foodservice industry is America’s #1 retail employer. There is an increasing need for well-trained food service personnel for restaurants, catering enterprises, healthcare facilities, and other institutional food service establishments in Wisconsin and throughout the nation.

    Program Details

    Students in the Culinary Production Specialist program can attend full or part-time.

    Culinary Production Specialist classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax


    Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Culinary Production Specialist graduates top candidates. Graduates from this one-year technical diploma are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of culinary arts, including:

    • Prep Cooks/Cooks
    • Line Cooks
    • Broiler Chefs or Garde Managers
    • Sous Chefs
    • Executive Chefs or Owner/Operators

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Pre-program Requirement
    1 credit
    First Semester
    2 credits
    1 credit
    4 credits
    2 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    4 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    Third/Summer Semester
    2 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!
    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 15, 2023

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, complete the Next Steps after Program Acceptance to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

    apply for admission

    Get Started!

    Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Culinary Production Specialist career.

    It's Free to Apply

  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Culinary Production Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operations.
    • Apply basic principles of nutrition.
    • Demonstrate basic culinary skills.
    • Assist in food service management.
    • Plan menus.
    • Explore food service financial information.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates242010
      Number of Surveys Sent242010
      Number of Surveys Returned1038
      Percent of Surveys Returned41.70%15.00%80.00%
      Available for Employment333
      Percent Available for Employment75.00%100.00%60.00%
      Not in Labor Market705
      Percent Not in Labor Market175.00%0.00%100.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed323
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%66.70%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation203
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation66.70%0.00%100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation120
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation33.30%100.00%0.00%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment010
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%33.30%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)433.8
      Number of Satisfaction Responses435
      Very Satisfied (4)404
      Percent Very Satisfied100.00%0.00%80.00%
      Satisfied (3)031
      Percent Satisfied0.00%100.00%20.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses1038
      Preparation for Getting a Job214
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job20.00%33.30%50.00%
      Career Change000
      Percent Career Change0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills111
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills10.00%33.30%12.50%
      Preparation for Further Education603
      Percent Preparation for Further Education60.00%0.00%37.50%
      Personal Interest110
      Percent Personal Interest10.00%33.30%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses323
      Before Enrollment200
      Percent Before Enrollment66.70%0.00%0.00%
      While Attending the College111
      Percent While Attending the College33.30%50.00%33.30%
      After Training at the College012
      Percent After Training at the College0.00%50.00%66.70%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses323
      In College District313
      Percent In College District100.00%50.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District010
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%50.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend201920202021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count13
      Average Monthly Wage$2,408$2,924
      Average Hourly Wage$14.00$17.00
      Average Work Hours per Week5048.3
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Festival FoodsCake DecoratorFort Atkinson
      Frostwood Farms KitchenCook
      Off Broadway DrafthouseSous Chef

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at

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