We believe that anyone interested in a culinary arts education will be able to find a program of study at Scottsdale Community College. Our intention is to stretch your imagination and expand your curiosity. We will provide our collective expertise, advice, and guidance to help fulfill your goals, and we look forward to doing just that!
Offering unique classes and programs for all levels of Culinary Arts education and skill development.
The Culinary Arts Program at Scottsdale Community College was initiated in response to the demand for professionally trained cooks for local resorts and restaurants. This 28-year old program has dramatically evolved in myriad ways to develop new standards of excellence in Culinary Arts education to provide quality training for our diverse student population for both personal and industry needs of the future.
Our state-of-the-art facility includes 10,000 square feet of fully equipped teaching kitchens. All of our courses and degrees offer unprecedented opportunities in an industry that accounts for more than 9 million jobs annually in the United States. Our students are diverse in background, experience and age, yet all are able to obtain the kind of education that enables them to succeed in a vital and vibrant industry that will be the number one employer in the nation for years to come.
Our department offers culinary arts education with distinct programs and classes that are designed for specific student desires, needs and goals. We believe that all with a passion for learning about food will find the perfect path to achieve the knowledge that you desire. All programs, classes and degrees are detailed below. Application, registration and pre-requisites are different for all areas so be certain to read through all of what we offer.
We are proud to be accredited by the American Culinary Federation as well as the North Central Association of Colleges. These accreditations provide our students countless job contacts and opportunities nationwide as well as transfer to regionally accredited institutions including Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, Johnson & Wales for advanced degrees in a variety of hospitality, nutrition and culinary arts areas.
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- Industry Facts
Just considering a culinary career? Here are some facts from the National Restaurant Association:
In Arizona alone, job growth is projected to rise by 14% by 2020, which equates to 36,000 new jobs in our industry in this state.
Sales will exceed $8.6 billion just in Arizona and in the US will be more than $42 billion dollars.
Restaurant jobs represent more than 11% of the employment in our state.
See www.restaurant.org to learn more.
- Mission of the Culinary Arts Department
The mission of the Culinary Arts Department at Scottsdale Community College is to provide our students with dynamic, flexible and diverse programs and classes that offer essential and effective training to take the passion for cooking to the next level of expertise, skill and knowledge. To enable the fulfillment of this mission, the Culinary Arts Department is committed to:
Providing students with the highest quality of education while providing the industry with highly skilled employees.
Maintaining, updating and expanding courses, programs and facilities to provide students with an education that is responsive to personal, industry and career needs.
Offering a variety of educational options to conform to the diversity of our student population.
Continual development, evaluation and assessment of the programs that are offered to ensure the highest quality of our courses and programs.
Enhancing continuous career growth through a climate conducive to lifelong learning and professional development.
Participating in community outreach and active involvement in service partnerships.
- Culinary Advisory Board
Our department is proud to have a fabulous team of industry professionals on our Advisory Board. They provide excellent advice as to current industry trends, employment opportunities and skill sets required for success.
Jennie Blomquist – Retired High School Culinary Instructor
Jon Clancy – Executive Chef Levy Restaurants (US Airways Center)
Chef Robert DeSantis – Acosta Foodservice
Chef Clyde Gaston – Bon Cuisine Catering
Tricia Guerrero – East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) Culinary Director
Sabine Hebert – Four Seasons Human Resource Director
Chef Lee Hilson – Phoenician Resort Executive Sous Chef
Chef Charles Kassels – El Chorro Lodge Executive Chef
Ruth Moriarty – Swiss Chalet
Dana Rohr – Executive Chef at Taste Buds
Noah Srebnick – Urban Chef Outfitters owner
Eugenia Theodospoulos – Essence Bakery & Catering owner
- Associates Degrees and Articulation
Associate Degrees: Students who wish to pursue a two-year degree may continue with academic classes to complete an Associate of Applied Science Degree in all of our Culinary Arts certificate programs. This course of study requires a total of 64 credit hours. Academic credits from other NCA accredited institutions may also be transferred to SCC to complete this degree.
Articulation: Articulation agreements allow transfer of our A.A.S. degrees into the N.A.U. Hospitality Program where students may take their junior and senior year courses on the S.C.C. campus while enrolled at N.A.U. Our A.A.S. is also transferable to any of the five Johnson & Wales campuses into their hospitality, culinary arts, restaurant management, and bakery or nutrition bachelor’s degree programs and to the ASU bachelor’s degree program in Food and Nutrition. Certification of our block program AAS by the American Culinary Federation of A.A.S. program affords our graduates multiple opportunities for professional ACF certification and benefits that are recognized nationwide.
- Financial Aid Information
Financial aid as well as VA benefits and scholarships are available to those who qualify. Contact information for these areas can be found in the SCC General Catalogue or on the SCC web site at www.scottsdalecc.edu/admissions/financial-aid-scholarships.
- Community Involvement
Our faculty are committed to the communities that we serve and the Culinary Arts Department provides multiple opportunities for student involvement in charitable culinary arts projects to raise funds for those in need of assistance. Providing food for the homeless as well as work with multiple after school programs provides our students with valuable life skill development to complement their culinary education.
- Graduate Success
Local restaurants, hotels and resorts contact our department continually to hire our students and graduates. Chefs and restaurateurs inform our faculty that our Culinary Arts graduates are more fully qualified and possess better skills and work habits than graduates from many other schools.
Our alumni hold positions as chefs, sous-chefs, own their own establishments and advance rapidly in all areas of our industry. Per our latest alumni survey more than 80% of students have reported highly successful careers in the industry in a wide variety of areas. Our webpage is currently being updated to show what they are doing. Check us out on facebook as well – www.facebook.com/sccculinaryarts.