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Culinary Skills & Management

General Information

The culinary skills and management certificate program is designed to prepare students for careers in the food service industry. New labor market projections indicate that opportunities for trained cooks and chefs are expected to increase in the years ahead. New students in the culinary skills and management program take college courses to gain knowledge and skills in cooking and restaurant operation. They receive hands-on experience operating the Cuisine 1300 Restaurant located on the MCCC campus and also gain experience in banquet operations, catering and kitchen management. The work is demanding and the hours are long; however, job security, promotions and good salaries reward the energetic worker.

Students are required to purchase their own uniforms, knives, tools and books. There will be additional expenses for participation in required field trips. It is recommended that students have food service experience prior to enrollment in the program at MCCC.

Students are required to take the culinary skills and management courses in the order listed; however, the remaining courses required for the associate of applied science degree may be selected in accordance with the college schedule and advisor recommendations.

Students are required to successfully complete CSM 111 (Food Sanitation) before they may enroll in CSM 101A-D (Food Preparation I courses). CSM 111 (Food Sanitation) is offered in the six- week Summer Session immediately preceding Fall Semester.

Career Opportunities
Students completing this program are prepared to accept jobs as cooks and chefs in:

  • Catering and mobile food service enterprises
  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Food service management and distribution
  • Hospitals and health care facilities
  • Resorts, hotels and casinos
  • Vending

Monroe County Community College is proud to have been nominated as an official “Showcase Site” for the Restaurant Manager POS System, a POS solution that has helped us improve customer service and streamline our management practices.Get more information on the Restaurant Manager POS System (and the benefits it brings to restaurants like ours) by contacting:

PONTIAC BUSINESS SYSTEMS (248-338-9801) 476 W Huron Pontiac MI 48341,


Culinary Skills & Management Department Faculty
Name Office Telephone Email
Kevin Thomas
A-138 (734) 384-4150
Vicki LaValle A-138 (734) 384-4151