Food Preparation Assistant | Western Technical College

Food Preparation Assistant


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This 13-credit certificate will prepare you with the skills for food service positions in restaurants, supper clubs, healthcare facilities, resorts, schools, and more! The Food Preparation Assistant program covers kitchen organization and operations, sanitation and quality control, basic food preparation, cooking and baking skills, and sustainability and work ethics in the industry. You will gain hands-on experience in Western’s food service lab featuring the latest commercial equipment. Use the credits earned to continue in Western’s Food Production Specialist program to further credentials and increased employment opportunities.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Food Preparation Assistant

This program will cost about $2,400* 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 an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Short Order Cook
Food Service Assistant
Nutrition Aide

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.

Food Preparation Assistant

Career Pathways

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