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Culinary Assistant


Program Number: 31-316-1
School Year: 2018-2019
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus: Fond du Lac

Program Description

Moraine Park’s Culinary Assistant program provides students with hands-on experience and skills in a broad range of cooking techniques and preparation methods as well as training in baking and work environment safety and sanitation.

Graduates of the program can directly transfer their credits into Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts associate of applied science degree if they decide to continue their education.

There is a high demand for graduates in areas such as hospital food service, school and college food service, food contracting companies, the health care industry, retirement communities, and residential care facilities.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $37,058

Approximate Costs

  • $134.20 per credit (resident)
  • $201.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Fees shown are 2017-2018 fees; 2018-2019 fees will be available as soon as they are approved.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

Program Outcomes

  • 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Institutional Cook
  • Restaurant Host/Hostess
  • Cook, School Cafeteria
  • Cook Apprentice (Hotel/Restaurant)
  • Assistant Cook
  • Baker/Deli Assistant
  • Dietary Aide

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

Gainful Employment

The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

Gainful Employment Data

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Number Title Crs
Semester 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
316-102 Culinary Principles 3
316-105 Science of Baking 1
316-106 Entree 1 4
316-108 Meat Analysis 1 1
316-122 Nutrition 1
316-148 Sanitation and Safety 1
316-160 Restaurant Baking 2
804-1xx Mathematics Course 3
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 19
Semester 2
316-107 Entree 2 4
316-109 Meat Analysis 2 1
316-110 Breakfast Cookery 2
316-111 Soups and Sauces 2
316-112 Cold Foods (Sandwich and Salad) 1
316-169 Cakes, Tortes and Desserts 2
316-181 Customer Sales and Service 1
801-136 English Composition 1 3
Total 16
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 35

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

Program Guide

For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

Note: Students must purchase a uniform and knife set for this program.

For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.