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.
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.Prior to Start of ProgramFirst SemesterSecond SemesterThird/Summer Semester
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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 open
- Application completion deadline is August 15, 2024
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
Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:
- High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
- GED/HSED transcript
- College transcript(s) showing:
- Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
- At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
- The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
- Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum
All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.
- 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.
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.
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 Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 20 10 12 Number of Surveys Sent 20 10 12 Number of Surveys Returned 3 8 9 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 3 3 2 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 60.00% 100.00% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 100.00% 350.00% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 2 3 1 Percent of Graduates Employed 66.70% 100.00% 50.00% Employed in Related Occupation 0 3 0 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 0.00% 100.00% 0.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 0 1 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 100.00% 0.00% 100.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 1 0 1 Percent Seeking Employment 33.30% 0.00% 50.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3 3.8 3 Number of Satisfaction Responses 3 5 2 Very Satisfied (4) 0 4 1 Percent Very Satisfied 0.00% 80.00% 50.00% Satisfied (3) 3 1 0 Percent Satisfied 100.00% 20.00% 0.00% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 1 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 50.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 3 8 9 Preparation for Getting a Job 1 4 0 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 33.30% 50.00% 0.00% Career Change 0 0 2 Percent Career Change 0.00% 0.00% 22.20% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 1 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 33.30% 12.50% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 0 3 7 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 37.50% 77.80% Personal Interest 1 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 33.30% 0.00% 0.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 2 3 1 Before Enrollment 0 0 0 Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% While Attending the College 1 1 1 Percent While Attending the College 50.00% 33.30% 100.00% After Training at the College 1 2 0 Percent After Training at the College 50.00% 66.70% 0.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 1 3 1 In College District 1 3 1 Percent In College District 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 Average Monthly Wage $2,924 Average Hourly Wage $17.00 Average Work Hours per Week 48.3 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week
Foodservice is America’s #1 retail employer. Because we need cheese and chocolate. And people to supply it 24/7.
92% job placement within six months of graduation.
95% of our recent graduates work in Wisconsin.
Gain in demand skills
This program is designed to meet entry-level needs of the field
Culinary Production Specialist
Program Number: 313162
Area of Study:
Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
27 Credits | Finish diploma in 1.5 years
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