The Culinary Management program prepares students to enter management and supervisory positions in restaurants, institutional and health care facilities, and the marketing segment of the food service industry. General food service skills as well as specialized training opportunities provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully train and supervise employees as well as to operate a food service establishment.

While business operation is an emphasis of the program, students also receive experience with large quantity food preparation and kitchen operations. Sanitation Certification is included as part of the curriculum.

  • Overview
  • Is This Program for You?

    Are you passionate about food, and do you have a strong sense of business savvy? Would you like to combine the two for a rewarding career in the food service industry? Culinary Management may be just the career you’ve been searching for.

    Students entering the Culinary Management program should:

    • Desire a good paying, hospitality management job with a secure future.
    • Enjoy working with people.
    • Apply creative thinking skills.
    • Possess above average reading and math skills.
    • Display excellent oral and written communication skills.

    Program Basics

    • Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
    • Day classes.
    • Financial aid available.
    • Special equipment and uniforms required.
    • Advance standing and Pro-Start credits accepted.
    • Students must achieve a grade of C in all core (316/317) courses to progress to the next semester and to graduate. Students must be 18 years old to operate a slicer and a 20-quart mixer.
  • Curriculum & Costs
  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

    • Submit Application and $30 Application Fee
    • To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809

    Helpful Academic Background

    • High school food service courses
    • Math, science, and keyboarding skills

    Program Fees

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
    • Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:

    • Analyze food service financial information.
    • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operations.
    • Plan menus.
    • Manage food service operations.
    • Demonstrate culinary skills.
    • Apply principles of nutrition.
    • Relate food service operations to sustainability.
  • Transfers
  • Career Opportunities
  • Graduates are qualified for management positions in many areas of the hospitality industry, including opportunities in hotels, restaurants, casinos, catering, and many more. Graduates will possess skills needed to own and operate their own businesses.

    Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

  • Prior Learning
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!

    Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

    For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.

    Culinary Management Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:

    Course # Course Title Challenge Exam
    (Demonstration)
    Challenge Exam
    (Standard)
    CLEP Credential Portfolio
    10-801-136English Composition 1Yes
    CLEP Test - College Composition
    10-801-196Oral/Interpersonal CommunicationYes
    10-804-107College MathematicsYes
    CLEP test - College Mathematics