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Baking and Pastry, A.A.S.

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To enter a career in the foodservice and hospitality industry, consider a degree in Baking and Pastry. Students learn classical baking and cooking techniques within a wide variety of cuisines. This program provides foundations in nutrition, safety and sanitation, origins of food, and more.

Program Overview

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Culinary Academy's Programs are designed to provide students with the practical knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for successful employment in an entry to a mid-level position within the foodservice and hospitality and tourism industry through a certificate or degree program.

Students will learn baking fundamentals, which include a wide variety of classical and modern dessert techniques, from scaling ingredients to constructing elaborate centerpieces. This along with courses that build on immersing the student in all aspects of culinary foundations such as nutrition, safety and sanitation, origins of food, food history, food costing, product efficiency, sense of urgency, attention to detail and culinary artistry. Practical lab experiences will help to complete the well-rounded student for entry into the workforce. Students will be able to experience the flow of their product from creation to service in this degree program through our Bruin Café lab and other service opportunities.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an organized and sanitary workstation.
  • Demonstrate accurate measuring and portioning.
  • Identify and describe procedures and techniques for controlling food costs.
  • Demonstrate accurately sized knife cuts.
  • Demonstrate how to safely handle and operate knives and kitchen equipment.
  • Practice team building and communication.
  • Identify baking specific ingredients.
  • Follow standardized recipes and production procedures.
  • Identify and execute baking methods.
  • Demonstrate professionalism (clean and complete uniform, on time, good attitude, respectful).

Career Opportunities

If you choose a degree in Baking and Pastry, you will be prepared for entry to mid-level positions within the industry. You can seek positions within foodservice, hospitality, and tourism.

Curriculum for an Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry

General Education Core 15
Baking and Pastry Core 45
Total Credit Hours Required 60

Program Disclaimer

This curriculum includes a list of courses required for this program of study for this calendar year.  Your Academic Plan can be found on DegreeWorks once you become a degree-seeking student. 

Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs.  BRCTC cannot guarantee that the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive.

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