Food Production Specialist | Western Technical College

Food Production Specialist

Technical Diploma

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Financial Aid Eligible

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This program prepares individuals to provide cooking services in restaurants and other commercial food establishments. It includes instruction in recipe and menu planning, preparing and cooking of foods, the monitoring of food supplies and kitchen resources, proper use of professional equipment, and familiarity of a wide variety of culinary techniques and cuisines.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Food Production Specialist

This program will cost about $4,300* 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
Line Cook
Deli Cook
Fast-Food Cook
Prep Cook
Bakery Assistant

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Identify the elements of a quality food product
  • Produce a standardized recipe
  • Employ safety and sanitation practices in the work setting
  • Demonstrate efficient production techniques
  • Summarize food production costs
  • Demonstrate professional work habits consistent with food industry standards

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 writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, 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 exemptions 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 Production Specialist

Career Pathways

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