Food Service Schools: List of Schools with Degrees in Food Service

Published Sep 14, 2009

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If you dream of joining the food service industry, you may consider pursuing a food service certificate or degree. A certificate program leads to training or junior management positions, while an associate's degree can prepare you for upper management positions. Harper College, Kaskaskia College and the Ridge Career Center are three of several schools that offer Food Service certificate or degree programs.

Details of Food Service Degree Programs

Certificate in Food Service Management

Many Food Service management certificates can be completed in less than 12 months, but some may take longer. This certificate leads to entry-level or intermediate positions at resorts, lodging facilities and restaurants, such as maitre'd, training coordinator, dining room manager or customer service specialist. Coursework includes classes on customer service, sanitation, employee training, marketing, wine basics and beverage management.

Associate of Applied Science in Food Service Management

An A.A.S. in Food Service Management helps students develop necessary skills for managerial careers in food service. This includes jobs as cooks, assistant kitchen managers, food and beverage managers, line chefs and bakers. The curriculum includes classes in culinary arts, food preparation, food service sanitation, nutrition, menu planning, food and beverage control, food purchasing and food service management. An internship is sometimes required as part of the program. This Food Service degree program lasts approximately two years.

Public and Private Non-Profit Schools with Food Service Degree Programs

School NameInstitution TypeEnrollmentMailing AddressPhone Number
College of Lake County2-year Public16,35919351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL 60030(847) 543-2000
Henry Ford Community College2-year Public15,5715101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, MI 48128(313) 845-9600
Harper College2-year Public15,2501200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine, IL 60067(847) 925-6000
Illinois Central College2-year Public12,020One College Dr., East Peoria, IL 61635(309) 694-5422
Del Mar College2-year Public11,310101 Baldwin Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78404(361) 698-1255
Lake Land College2-year Public7,1075001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, IL 61938(217) 234-5253
Westmoreland County Community College2-year Public6,414145 Pavilion Ln., Youngwood, PA 15697(724) 925-4000
Rend Lake College2-year Public5,761468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy., Ina, IL 62846(618) 437-5321
Iowa Western Community College2-year Public5,6422700 College Rd., Council Bluffs, IA 51502(712) 325-3200
Kaskaskia College2-year Public5,06627210 College Rd., Centralia, IL 62801(618) 545-3000
Illinois Valley Community College2-year Public4,231815 N. Orlando Smith Ave., Oglesby, IL 61348(815) 224-2720
Richland Community College2-year Public3,284One College Pk., Decatur, IL 62521(217) 875-7200
Southeastern Community College2-year Public2,7663575 College Rd., Harrisburg, IL 62946(618) 252-5400
Illinois Eastern Community College2-year Public1,37611220 State Hwy. 1, Robinson, IL 62454(618) 393-2982
Ridge Career Center2-year Public6977700 State Rd. 544, Winter Haven, FL 33881(863) 419-3060

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