School: Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning
Academic Dept: Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Nutrition and Dietetics
Curriculum Chair: Prof. Philip McGrath
Office Location: STC-147
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2017. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Defined
The purpose of the A.A.S. is to be fully trained for immediate employment upon graduation. Students who opt to continue on to pursue higher levels of education are encouraged to check with the receiving institution regarding transferability of credits. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
The Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management curriculum leads to successful careers throughout the diverse and exciting Hospitality Industry. Graduates of the program are prepared for employment in middle management positions such as assistants to: managers, supervisors of food production and service, event planners, caterers, stewards, banquet managers, rooms division managers, operations managers, purchasing agents, chefs, pastry chefs or bakers. With additional education and/or experience, upward mobility is unlimited.
Course work includes culinary arts, hospitality business management, approved work experience, and a basic liberal arts core, the foundation of all programs. Because of this liberal arts foundation, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management curriculum graduates are able to transfer to four-year colleges. Many students elect to enter directly into the workforce where they find ever-expanding employment opportunities.
Westchester Community College provides professional certification through the ManageFirst Program of the National Restaurant Association including ServSafe Sanitation and ServSafe Alcohol.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate the skills, competencies, and values essential for quality food and beverage production and customer service.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively perform entry-level management tasks essential for the hospitality industry.
- Demonstrate competency in understanding, implementing, and assessing the business goals of a hospitality industry organization.
Westchester Community College is a program partner with The Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. Students in our Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program take ManageFirst standardized certificate exams. Completion of a certificate course and a passing grade on the standardized exam entitles the student to a certificate from The Educational Foundation (TEF) and, if all criteria are met, the ability to earn the Manage First Professional Credential.
Courses are to be taken in the sequence outlined in the Educational Plan. Departmental permission is required for any change in that sequence.
Students enrolled in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program must earn a minimum grade of “C” in the following courses in order to continue in the program: CULIN 111 , CULIN 112 , CULIN 123 , CULIN 124 , CULIN 210 , CULIN 212 , CULIN 214 , CULIN 221 , HOSP 115 , HOSP 126 , HOSP 127 , HOSP 218 , HOSP 220 and HOSP 224 . Students may appeal the decision in writing through the Curriculum Chair. The appeal process mirrors Steps 2-4 of the Grade Appeal Process found in the Student Handbook.
General Education Requirements - 21 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (3 credits)
Natural Sciences (3 credits)
Social Sciences (3 credits)
Degree Requirements - 43 Credits
Degree Requirement Note(s)
* Must be completed and report accepted prior to taking Hospitality Seminar. (See advisor)
Minimum Total Credits - 64
Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.