Foodservice is America’s #1 retail employer. Because we need cheese and chocolate. And people to supply it 24/7.
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Job Placement
92% job placement within six months of graduation.
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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
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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  • 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

    Take a Look Inside a Classroom

    Launch Baking and Culinary

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 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 Program
    1 credit
    First Semester
    3 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    4 credits
    2 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    4 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    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 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 15, 2024

    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
    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.

    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.

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    Get Started!

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

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  • 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 Graduates201012
      Number of Surveys Sent201012
      Number of Surveys Returned389
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment332
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%60.00%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%100.00%350.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed231
      Percent of Graduates Employed66.70%100.00%50.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation030
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation0.00%100.00%0.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation201
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation100.00%0.00%100.00%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment101
      Percent Seeking Employment33.30%0.00%50.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)33.83
      Number of Satisfaction Responses352
      Very Satisfied (4)041
      Percent Very Satisfied0.00%80.00%50.00%
      Satisfied (3)310
      Percent Satisfied100.00%20.00%0.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)001
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%50.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses389
      Preparation for Getting a Job140
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job33.30%50.00%0.00%
      Career Change002
      Percent Career Change0.00%0.00%22.20%
      Improvement of Existing Skills110
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills33.30%12.50%0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education037
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%37.50%77.80%
      Personal Interest100
      Percent Personal Interest33.30%0.00%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses231
      Before Enrollment000
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%0.00%0.00%
      While Attending the College111
      Percent While Attending the College50.00%33.30%100.00%
      After Training at the College120
      Percent After Training at the College50.00%66.70%0.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses131
      In College District131
      Percent In College District100.00%100.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%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 Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count3
      Average Monthly Wage$2,924
      Average Hourly Wage$17.00
      Average Work Hours per Week48.3
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
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