Culinary Arts degree and certificate offered at new Maricopa Campus

MARICOPA, Ariz. – Central Arizona College’s culinary arts program is expanding its selection of classes and will begin offering an associate degree and three different certificates at CAC’s new campus in the city of Maricopa.

Beginning with the fall 2013 semester, students in Maricopa will be able to pursue a baking and pastry certificate as well as two culinary arts certificates in addition to a 65-credit A.A.S. degree.

Courses in Italian cuisine, baking, ServSafe certification, and dining operations are among the available offerings that may be applied to the culinary arts certificate or A.A.S curriculum. The courses range from one to three credits.

Tuition is $77 per credit hour for Arizona residents, plus a $20 course fee for most classes. Instruction will be delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online modalities, with the majority of class time being held in the Maricopa Campus’ culinary arts facility.

"The degree and certificates we are launching in Maricopa now will enable those students to enhance their job skills and increase employment opportunities,” Chef Carol Bennett, preceptor for the culinary arts program at CAC, stated. “Additionally, the classes in our program are even suitable for those culinary enthusiasts who are looking to take just a class for personal enrichment."

Students who have completed the CAC culinary arts degree or certificate have gone on to gain employment with hotels, resorts, restaurants, commercial food service systems, extended care facilities, hospitals, school food services, cruise ships, spas and day-care facilities.

Classes scheduled to be held at the Maricopa Campus this fall are:

CUL 112 - Italian Cuisine will be offered Fridays, Oct. 25 through Nov. 15 for one credit, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. During the course, students will discover the unique flavors, ingredients and culinary traditions of Italian cuisine through this hands-on class. Learn to make your favorite Italian appetizers, soups, entrees, pasta, bread, salads and desserts.

CUL 160 - Baking and Pastry I begins Wednesday, Aug. 21, and ends Dec. 18. The course is slated for 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and is worth three credits. Students will learn basic principles and techniques required for the commercial preparation of bakery products, including yeast-leavened breads, pies, tarts, quick breads, cookies and cakes.

CUL 170 - Dining and Beverage Operations - Students will study the theory and practice of food and beverage service with a focus on menu planning and development, table and buffet service, customer relations, management, and the financial considerations of dining operations. This class is a two-credit course and is scheduled from 4-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday beginning Oct. 23.

CUL 265 – Artisan Breads - If you love to learn to bake good bread, this is the class for you. This one-credit class meets for five Mondays, beginning Sept. 30, from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

To learn more about CAC’s culinary arts program, please visit contact Carol Bennett at

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