Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality Center Fast Tracks

Dallas College Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality Center

11830 Webb Chapel Rd, Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75234  (Directions)
Phone: 972-391-1466

Fast-Track Stacked Certificates

The Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality Center follows a cohort program. Students enter a group of classes together and remain together in a rigorous semester-based program. All the courses that make up the AAS degrees in Culinary Arts and Bakery/Pastry are organized in a system of stacked certificates. This system results in accelerated studies combined with workplace validation through Practicum and Coop courses. This powerful combination of classroom theory and workplace practice serves to embed strong technical skills in our students.

Culinary Arts Foundations Certificate

This certificate is the single common entry point for ALL students -- Bakery/Pastry and Culinary Arts students. Students will choose between taking a savory foods practicum or a bakery/pastry-focused practicum.

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Requirements

Students must be employed in a hands-on food prep or pastry position for 320 hours (averages 20 hours per week) during the semester through enrollment ​in a faculty supervised CHEF1264 or PSTR1364 Practicum during the 16-week semester. Qualifications for employment include working in a health department inspected kitchen or bakeshop with a registered food safety manager supervisor. *TSI is not required for these certificates but you must meet TSI to complete your AAS degree.

Upon completion of the Culinary Arts Foundations Certificate, students may progress to a Specialist Certificate. El Centro North will begin offering two Specialist Certificates Fall 2020: Culinary Arts Specialist and Bakery/Pastry Specialist.​


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Upon completion of the Foundations and Specialist Certificate, students can obtain an Associates of Applied Science in Culinary Arts or Bakery/Pastry by completing 15 hours of core classes.

  • Students may be eligible to transfer previously completed credit hours.
  • Students can take core classes simultaneously with the cohorts online or at any Dallas College campus.
  • Core classes will also be offered at the North campus before or after the scheduled cohorts beginning Fall 2020.