WHAT DOES A FOOD PREPARATION WORKER DO?

If you can take the heat, get in the kitchen with a culinary arts career. Under the supervision of chefs and other culinary professionals, food prep workers perform a number of tasks from preparing and cooking food to baking and planning menus. Work settings include restaurants, institutions, hotels or resorts. Turn your culinary skills into a career by getting hands-on culinary training at Washburn Tech.
Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $20,340 on campus

Learning at Washburn Tech

three culinary students in kitchen

Our culinary program will prepare you to be a productive member of any restaurant or culinary staff. You will learn culinary math, food safety and sanitation, use and care of equipment and food preparation and cooking skills. Instruction also covers baking, purchasing and menu planning, as well as an introduction to restaurant supervision and management. Students must successfully pass the ServSafe certification before continuation in the culinary program. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters, while part-time and high school students can finish in four semesters.  Upon completion, you will earn a 48 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete an associate degree or more advanced degrees at Washburn University.

CERTIFICATIONS: Serv-Safe; OSHA-10

Jobs and Salaries

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
The data below refers to surveyed wages and average annual job openings in the state of Kansas due to growth and net replacement. SOURCE: klic.dol.ks.gov

Average Salary

$20,340

(20118)

Potential Job Openings

470

(annually)

Potential Job Growth

8%

(2016-2026)

Schedule Options

Morning

LENGTH
2 years

PROGRAM BEGINS
Every August

SCHEDULE
MON - FRI; 8-11:10am

Afternoon

LENGTH
2 years

PROGRAM BEGINS
Every August

SCHEDULE
MON - FRI; 11:45am-2:55pm

Full-day

LENGTH
2 years

PROGRAM BEGINS
Every August

SCHEDULE
MON - FRI; 8am-2:55pm

Program Cost

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify, and have a high school diploma or GED. To set-up an appointment with a financial aid counselor, call 785.670.3360.

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