Culinary Assistant | Western Technical College

Culinary Assistant

Technical Diploma

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The Culinary Assistant program will help you develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in the food-service industry in a variety of settings. You will start with the basic theory and techniques of food production and service, then move on to hands-on training and experience in all areas of basic quantity food preparation as well as kitchen and dining room operations.

The third term of this technical diploma Includes field experience where you will have the opportunity to select an approved food service facility in which to apply learned theory, such as costing, customer service, and set ups.

Upon completion of the program, you may continue on the Culinary Management pathway to develop supervisory and management skills.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Culinary Assistant

This program will cost about $5,000* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact a Career Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Chefs and Head Cook
Cook/Personal Chef
Food and Nutrition Services Assistant
Pastry Baker

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operations
  • Apply basic principles of nutrition
  • Demonstrate basic culinary skills
  • Assist in food service management
  • Assist in planning menus
  • Explore food service financial information

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Culinary Assistant

Career Pathways

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