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Culinary Arts

Many of us enjoy getting to spend time cooking meals and experimenting with new styles and flavors in the kitchen. However, for most of us, it’s just a daily part of life to prepare our meals. If you have amazing kitchen skills and a passion for cooking, you can do so much more with your talents.

For those who love cooking, studying it and eventually turning it into a career might feel like a dream, but that’s exactly what you get with Lackawanna College’s associate degree in Culinary Arts.

Are you interested in a career in culinary arts? Learn more about how a Culinary Arts associate degree from Lackawanna College can get you there.

What is Taught in Culinary Arts?

Lackawanna College provides students pursuing an associate degree in Culinary Arts with a well-rounded education that gives them the most in-demand skills for this field. Culinary Arts students learn a wide variety of cooking topics and techniques. Just a few topics covered in this program include Beverage Management, Baking Techniques, Culinary Concepts of the Mediterranean, and American Regional Cooking Studies. This two-year program also touches on the hospitality aspects of working in the food industry. Some students might choose to further their education after earning their associate degree.

With Lackawanna College’s Culinary Arts curriculum, students will:

  • Prepare for a career in the culinary industry by developing a working knowledge of the professional kitchen.
  • Demonstrate mastery of classical knife skills and cooking techniques.
  • To successfully execute the proficiencies needed for success as a culinary business person, you will need human resource management skills, excellent customer service relations, strategic branding and business management and food and beverage financial management.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to comply with food service sanitation and service standards as dictated by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
  • Employ beverage knowledge, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, to construct menus and recipes in a professional foodservice establishment.
  • Emerge as an agent of change in the culinary industry armed with a working knowledge of sustainability, equipped to enhance and nourish the social, environmental and economic forces within the culinary field.
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What Does the Curriculum Include?

Students looking to pursue a career in culinary arts will need to hone their skills in various cooking methods and styles. Our curriculum also includes courses that will teach students other skills needed to work in culinary arts, such as courses that cover topics like nutrition and food safety. In this program, students will be ready to work in any kitchen environment they choose.

Some of the courses included in this curriculum are:

  • Beverage Service Management
  • Meat and Seafood Identification
  • Baking and Pastry Skills
  • Cuisines of the World

What Careers Can You Pursue in Culinary Arts?

There are many cooking careers available, no matter what your cooking interests and skills are. Culinary Arts students can go on to cooking careers in restaurants, as banquet chefs, personal chefs and more. Culinary arts careers aren’t limited to positions doing hands-on work in the kitchen. You can take your career further and explore all the different options available in the culinary arts field. There are plenty of career opportunities for students who are more interested in working in the business side of culinary arts, such as:

  • Human resource management
  • Customer service relations
  • Strategic branding and business management
  • Food and beverage financial management

Where is the Culinary Arts Program Available?

The Lackawanna College Culinary Arts Associate Degree program is available at the main campus in Scranton and at our Sunbury Center.

You can pursue this program in:

Enroll at Lackawanna Today

At Lackawanna College, you can discover the possibilities of the food industry and learn from leaders who are excited to help you sharpen your culinary skills and fuel your path to success. Culinary Arts is a fast-paced field that requires workers to be ready for anything. During this two-year associate degree program, students will be prepared to handle the challenges and demands of the food industry so that they can have a successful future.

You’ll love the careers you discover through the excellent education you’ll receive at Lackawanna College. Fill out our inquiry form to get started or call us at 877-346-3552 to learn more about this program.

Clubs / Internships

Students will have the opportunity to complete a robust internship experience with one of Lackawanna College’s impressive industry partners. Internships will provide students the opportunity to discover areas of specific interest through hands-on culinary experience.


Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.