Culinary Arts

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 103161

Overview

The Culinary Arts associate degree program at Madison College offers you the opportunity to learn an industry that produces $400 billion in

annual sales in the United States. This program holds the key to landing positions as purchasing agents, general managers and executive chefs. 

Program Details

Culinary Arts is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree and a technical diploma. Both will prepare you for a good job and with the associate degree, you can transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

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

Culinary Arts degree 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.

Paul Short - Madison College Culinary Arts


Admission

To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 

Questions?

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

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 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

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

  • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operations.
  • Apply principles of nutrition.
  • Demonstrate culinary skills.
  • Manage food service operations.
  • Plan menus.
  • Analyze food service financial information.
  • Relate food service operations to sustainability.
Careers

Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Culinary Arts graduates top candidates. Associate degree graduates 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

Graduates of Madison College’s Culinary Arts program typically earn $18,500 to $35,000 per year.

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    64
    Tuition
    $8736.00
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $2647.36
    Other Costs
    $409.99
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $11793.35
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 21 13 16
    Number of Surveys Sent 20 12 16
    Number of Surveys Returned 16 8 9
    Percent of Surveys Returned 80.00% 66.70% 56.30%
    Available for Employment 15 8 9
    Percent Available for Employment 93.80% 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 0 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 6.30% 0.00% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 15 7 9
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 87.50% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 12 6 6
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 80.00% 85.70% 66.70%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3 1 3
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 20.00% 14.30% 33.30%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 1 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 12.50% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.4 3.2
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 16 8 9
    Very Satisfied 11 4 4
    Percent Very Satisfied 68.80% 50.00% 44.40%
    Satisfied 5 3 4
    Percent Satisfied 31.30% 37.50% 44.40%
    Unsatisfied 0 1 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 12.50% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 11.10%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 16 8 9
    Preparation for Getting a Job 5 2 1
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 31.30% 25.00% 11.10%
    Career Change 6 2 2
    Percent Career Change 37.50% 25.00% 22.20%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 3 1 5
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 18.80% 12.50% 55.60%
    Preparation for Further Education 2 1 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 12.50% 12.50% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 0 2 1
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 25.00% 11.10%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 15 7 8
    Before Enrollment 5 1 3
    Percent Before Enrollment 33.30% 14.30% 37.50%
    While Attending the College 2 2 4
    Percent While Attending the College 13.30% 28.60% 50.00%
    After Training at the College 8 4 1
    Percent After Training at the College 53.30% 57.10% 12.50%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 15 7 9
    In College District 9 4 8
    Percent In College District 60.00% 57.10% 88.90%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 5 2 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 33.30% 28.60% 11.10%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 6.70% 14.30% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 5 3 5
    Average Monthly Wage $2,553 $2,379 $2,587
    Average Hourly Wage $14.84 $13.83 $15.04
    Average Work Hours per Week 43.3 42 45
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 6 1 1
    Average Hourly Wage $11.01 $15.00 $15.95
    Average Work Hours per Week 26.7 25 25
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 123 586
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 72 548
    Total Jobs 195 1,134
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Capitol Lakes Retirement Community Cook
    Heritage Tavern Cook
    Madison Area Technical College Food Service Associate
    Merchant Line Cook
    Sur La Table Culinary Lead
    The Free House Pub Assistant Kitchen Manager Middleton

    * - 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

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