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    culinary assistant


      Program Number: 31-316-1
      School Year: 2019-2020
      Technical Diploma (1 year)
      Campus: Fond du Lac
      This program is eligible for financial aid

      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.
      • 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

      Visit the Admissions Page for details

      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


      Semester 1
      103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
      316-102Culinary Principles3
      316-105Science of Baking1
      316-106Entree 14
      316-108Meat Analysis 11
      316-111Soups and Sauces2
      316-148Sanitation and Safety1
      804-1xxMathematics Course3
      890-101**College 1012
      Semester 2
      316-107Entree 24
      316-109Meat Analysis 21
      316-110Breakfast Cookery2
      316-112Cold Foods (Sandwich and Salad)1
      316-160Restaurant Baking2
      316-169Cakes, Tortes and Desserts2
      316-181Customer Sales and Service1
      801-136English Composition 13
      Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements35

      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.