Keiser University - Center for Culinary Arts
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The Center for Culinary Arts is a division of Keiser University, an independent school with 12 Florida campuses that focuses on quality career oriented educational programs. The Center's campuses in Melbourne, Sarasota, and Tallahassee feature modern facilities and a highly trained faculty.
The Center for Culinary Arts of Keiser University, Tallahassee and Melbourne campuses, is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Inc., 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095, (904) 824-4468.
Degree Programs and Courses of Study
Associate Degree in Culinary Arts
The Culinary Arts program offers hands-on training in food handling and preparation, kitchen management techniques, and front of the house operations. Students learn to prepare the components of a complete menu, including meats, soups, sauces, baked goods, and Garde Manger. They also learn to blend these components into complete meals, as they learn American and Classical French cuisines, along with the cuisines of South America and Europe.
In addition to food preparation, students learn kitchen management and sanitation skills, including foodservice supervision, stockroom procedures and inventory control, and dining room operations.
Following the completion of the academic portion of their training, each student participates in a 560 hour paid externship at a local restaurant or other facility.
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Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts
The Baking and Pastry Arts degree prepares the graduate for an entry level baker's position, and can pave the way for a career as a professional pastry chef or baker.
In addition to learning the procedures for preparing breads, cakes, cookies, and other baked goods, the program covers frozen dessert and centerpiece preparation and presentation, and the creation of candies. Students also learn sanitation procedures and management skills.
Prior to graduation, students must have completed two important steps: an assessment project in guest services, which includes a business plan for a retail bakery, and an internship at a bake shop where they can practice the skills they have learned.
This program is only offered at the Sarasota and Tallahassee campus.
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Location and Campus
The Tallahassee campus, located less than 15 minutes from the State Capitol, features a 16,000 square foot building dedicated to culinary training. The building includes a production kitchen, two lab kitchens, and a multi-use facility that can be used as a restaurant or banquet hall. Additional facilities include a library, student lounge, and a computer center.
The Melbourne campus, located in Brevard County, has a 38,000 square foot building that shares classrooms and lab space with other Keiser University programs. Students learn in facilities that include four new kitchens, a demonstration classroom, and a banquet hall.
The Sarasota campus is the latest to offer culinary programs. It is conveniently located off of I-75.
All three campuses offer placement services to assist graduates in interviewing and resume preparation, as well as identifying employment opportunities in the area.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Prior to admission, prospective students must have successfully achieved a high school diploma. The Center has a financial aid staff that works with qualified students to determine the best way to pay for their education, whether through direct grants such as the federal Pell Grant or the Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grant. The school can also assist with obtaining student loans.
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