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Culinary Arts Program

Thrive in the food industry as a chef, baker, restaurant manager, and more with Northampton Community College’s Culinary Arts Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree or Specialized Diploma. You’ll learn from professional chefs in hands-on kitchen settings and gain skills in restaurant operations.

This two-year program on our Bethlehem campus features distinctive culinary events, banquet-style cooking and plating, and special training with an industry-expert Chef in Residence. Prepare to excel in the food service industry as soon as you graduate!

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Degree Programs

Semesters: 5
Credits: 71
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Associate in Applied Science

Learn all the formal classical methods of preparing food, then put that training into practice with nearly 1,000 hours of hands-on experience. Once you’ve mastered your culinary training, complete additional core courses in topics like communication and science to earn your Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts.

Semesters: 3
Credits: 47
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Specialized Diploma

Launch your career or build on your existing degree with skills in food preparation and restaurant operations. You’ll apply your learning in hands-on practice, meaning you’ll stand out to future employers and expand your opportunities in just 3 semesters. Credits from this program can be transferred to the A.A.S. degree if you choose to advance your credential in the future!


Program Information

The culinary arts degree and specialized diploma equip you with entry-level skills and advanced techniques from both classical and modern kitchens. Practice tableside cooking, plate presentation, global cuisines, and safety procedures for food preparation and reducing foodborne illness. NCC graduates succeed in a variety of food service roles preparing savory plates, sweet creations, and pleasurable dining experiences.

Northampton’s empowering culinary school in Pennsylvania is entirely career-oriented: you’ll practice your cooking skills in our state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and NCC’s public restaurant, the Hampton Winds. Our competitive Chef in Residence program gives you access to top-tier chefs from around the world, meaning you’ll gain a unique experience that sets you apart in the dynamic culinary industry.

Learn more about why you should choose NCC!

NCC’s affordable culinary arts program provides the best value among Pennsylvania’s community colleges: we offer high program quality paired with low tuition costs and financial aid opportunities.

Learn more about Northampton Community College’s tuition and fees.


Career Opportunities

The culinary arts industry is built around teamwork and passion: you’ll work alongside fellow dedicated culinarians and progress into roles like back-of-house manager, pastry chef, and executive chef. Food service is as dynamic as it is rewarding: you’ll likely work combinations of early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays in settings from multi-unit franchise restaurants and catering to four-star hotels and country clubs. 

We’ll help you prepare for whatever opportunities and challenges the future holds through NCC’s Career Services.

Future Career Paths

  • Chef
  • Banquet Chef
  • Baker
  • Caterer
  • Line Chef
  • Executive Chef
  • Pastry Chef

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Apply to NCC’s Culinary Arts Associate Degree or Specialized Diploma Program!

Invest in a dynamic, satisfying career through Northampton’s Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts degree or Culinary Arts Specialized Diploma.

Under the guidance of industry experts, you’ll learn diverse culinary techniques, gain nearly 1,000 hours of hands-on and real-world culinary experience, and prepare to manage complex food service environments.

This cost-effective program empowers you to pursue your passion for food and cooking. Learn more in the Culinary Arts program FAQs.