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School of Business and Applied Arts


Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
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Baking & Decorative Arts

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 313141

Overview

In the Baking & Decorative Arts technical diploma program at Madison College, you'll gain wide-ranging, hands-on experiences in baking and pastry arts. You will receive practical and theoretical training on producing bakery products from scratch (like pastries, tortes and hearth breads) cake decorating, sugar and chocolate work, and plated dessert presentations. You will also learn real-world merchandising and sales training by working in the bakery on campus. 

The Baking & Decorative Arts program at Madison College is approved by the Retail Bakers of America (RBA) and the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Upon completion of the program combined with 1,000 hours of work experience in the baking industry, students can take the RBA’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.

Program Details

Students in the Baking & Decorative Arts program must attend full time.

Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Baking & Decorative Arts classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Admission

To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Next Steps after Program Acceptance.

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Outcomes

Madison College Baking & Decorative Arts graduates are prepared to:

  1. Read and follow written and oral directions in preparing bakery products.
  2. Produce a variety of saleable scratch bakery items in a timely manner.
  3. Work effectively with others to achieve production goals.
  4. Calculate formulas to production size.
  5. Practice proper state and federal safety and sanitation procedures.
Careers

Earning your technical diploma in the Baking & Decorative Arts program at Madison College prepares you for valuable work as a bakery worker/assistant pastry chef in a variety of commercial environments such as: 

  • Retail bakeries
  • Supermarket bakeries
  • Restaurants or hotels
  • Hospitals or nursing homes
  • Catering operations
  • Specialty shops

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Bakery Manager
  • Commercial Cake Decorator
  • Bakery Owner

Graduates of this program typically earn $13 to $15 per hour.

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    29
    Tuition
    $3891.80
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $1163.50
    Other Costs
    $446.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $5501.30
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 12 8 10
    Number of Surveys Sent 12 8 10
    Number of Surveys Returned 10 7 8
    Percent of Surveys Returned 83.30% 87.50% 80.00%
    Available for Employment 10 6 5
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 85.70% 62.50%
    Not in Labor Market 0 1 3
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 14.30% 37.50%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 10 6 5
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 6 4 4
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 60.00% 66.70% 80.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4 2 1
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 40.00% 33.30% 20.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 2.9 2.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 10 7 8
    Very Satisfied 4 1 2
    Percent Very Satisfied 40.00% 14.30% 25.00%
    Satisfied 6 4 2
    Percent Satisfied 60.00% 57.10% 25.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 2 2
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 28.60% 25.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 2
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 25.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 10 7 8
    Preparation for Getting a Job 3 4 5
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 30.00% 57.10% 62.50%
    Career Change 1 0 1
    Percent Career Change 10.00% 0.00% 12.50%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 4 2 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 40.00% 28.60% 12.50%
    Preparation for Further Education 1 0 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 10.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 1 1 1
    Percent Personal Interest 10.00% 14.30% 12.50%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 9 6 5
    Before Enrollment 3 2 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 33.30% 33.30% 20.00%
    While Attending the College 2 4 0
    Percent While Attending the College 22.20% 66.70% 0.00%
    After Training at the College 4 0 4
    Percent After Training at the College 44.40% 0.00% 80.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 10 6 5
    In College District 4 3 4
    Percent In College District 40.00% 50.00% 80.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 4 1 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 40.00% 16.70% 20.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 10.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 2 0
    Percent Location Unknown 10.00% 33.30% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 2 3
    Average Monthly Wage $1,663 $2,322 $1,691
    Average Hourly Wage $9.67 $13.50 $9.83
    Average Work Hours per Week 36.7 40 41.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 0
    Average Hourly Wage $9.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 21 31
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 19 3
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 35 2
    Total Jobs 54 5
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Metcalfe's Sentry Cake Decorator
    The Bread Barn Baker

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - 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 techconnect@madisoncollege.edu