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Walla Walla Community College

Why Choose WWCC for Culinary Arts?

Your time at the Wine Country Culinary Institute will give you the cooking skills, hands-on work experience and business know-how to launch your career in the food service industry. You’ll learn from skilled chefs, live demos, guest speakers and labs. You’ll get real-world experience in the student-run Capstone Kitchen. Plus, you’ll help run food-truck pop-ups and catering events. And you’ll have a great time outside the classroom — with the Culinary Club, internships and more. When you graduate, you’ll have what it takes to hold your own in a professional kitchen.

Careers in Culinary Arts

Now Serving: A Satisfying Career

Working in a kitchen is fast-paced, creative and collaborative. With the skills you learn at WWCC, you could become a cook, chef, restaurant manager or caterer. You could join the team at one of Walla Walla’s fine dining restaurants — or open your own place. There’s no limit to where you could go. The restaurant industry is one of the top 10 employers in the U.S. So you’ll have a real shot at finding a job you love.

Certificates & Degrees in Culinary Arts

Your associate degree will teach you essential cooking skills that will make you a valued member of any kitchen. And it will give you real-world experience that can help launch your career.

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Culinary Arts Program Details

Entrance Requirements

In order to start this program, the placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. For further details and information, please visit our placement webpage.

Program Outcomes

  • Articulate an understanding of food ingredients, supplies and cost considerations within a commercial food service operation.
  • Evaluate and envision the path that ingredients take from inception to consumption through collaboration with crop, soil, and animal sciences.
  • Innovate culinary practices and products utilizing the WWCC working farm to achieve the “Farm to Table” model.
  • Operate and maintain state-of-the-art equipment and technology to create classic and contemporary dishes.
  • Interpret the food systems pathway and the role of the chef.

Scholarship Opportunities

At WWCC, we’ll help you find scholarships that may be open to you. Scholarships provide money for school that you don’t have to pay back. They can be used for things like tuition, books, tools and fees. They come from sources like the WWCC Foundation, local businesses and private funds. Some

WWCC programs also have scholarships for students working toward a certain certificate or degree. You might qualify based on good grades, financial need or the potential to benefit from school. The bottom line: You have options. We’ll help you explore them at WWCC.

Paying for Your Degree

There are lots of ways to pay for college. We will work with you to find the right mix of support so that you can go after your dreams. Talk with us to learn more about:

  • Work study — work part-time on campus while you earn your degree.
  • Emergency funds — for students who are struggling to make ends meet.

You can go to college. Start exploring your options today.

Other Information

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