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The hospitality industry is a broad career field that includes hotels and hotel services, travel and tourism, restaurants, bakeries, cafés, food service and the culinary arts.

At Johnson County Community College, hospitality and culinary arts cover a wide range of topics, from foodservice to finances to team building, giving you the skills needed to be successful in a management role. Knowing how to handle multiple facets of the hospitality industry will help you manage your organization to its fullest potential.

At JCCC, you will learn everything you need to know about preparing food safely. Courses cover the following:

  • Foodservice sanitation
  • Food industry compliance and safety
  • Professional cooking methods
  • Ingredient identification
  • Cooking techniques and styles from different cuisines
  • How to operate foodservice equipment in commercial kitchens

Culinary perfection is about a fundamental love for food and the desire to please people. A career in Culinary Arts involves dedication, hard work, education, and talent. This field of study is part of the Hospitality Industry, which is the largest private employer in the United States. Opportunities exist in the roles of cook, baker, chef, caterer, food and beverage manager, restaurant owner, and many others. 

What Will I Learn in JCCC’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts Program?

Although in the same department, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts are different programs of study.

Culinary Arts courses are centered on cooking techniques, food service and professional kitchen management, such as budgeting and forecasting.

Hospitality Management courses are focused on the tourism industry with many business-related classes.

The following are the different JCCC programs from which you can choose.

Chef Apprenticeship

Earn your Associate of Applied Science degree in our Chef Apprenticeship program. You will gain the skills and expertise to run a commercial kitchen. Our courses will give you hands-on experience with industry-standard equipment for all areas of cooking and food preparation.

Dietary Manager

Learn the skills and knowledge to work with registered dietitians in planning meals and food service management in our Dietary Manager program. Earn a Dietary Manager certificate and take the first step to work in noncommercial settings like hospitals, long-term care facilities and schools.

Food and Beverage Management

In our Food and Beverage Management program, you will become an expert on what it takes to manage a team and run a safe foodservice operation. You learn accounting, marketing, HR, purchasing, inventory control and so much more! After completing the hospitality courses, you will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Hotel and Lodging Management

In our Hotel and Lodging Management program, you will learn business and operations, marketing, professional food preparation, housekeeping, and more. You will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Hotel and Lodging Management.


Have you ever wanted to become a pastry chef? Are you interested in learning how to create intricate cakes or delicious breads? JCCC’s Pastry and Baking courses will allow you to learn the ins and outs of baking, preparing food, and serving customers, while also earning a Pastry and Baking Certificate.

Why Study Hospitality and Culinary Arts at JCCC?

JCCC’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts department offers various programs to ensure everyone who wants to pursue a career in the industry can. With world-class chefs as instructors in the Chef Apprenticeship program and professional experts in Dietary Management, Food and Beverage, and Hotel and Lodging, you can truly learn from the best in the industry.

Put what you learn into practice in our 36,000-square-foot Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy, with five culinary labs, an innovation kitchen, and JCCC’s very own pastry shop. Real-world experience is vital to success in this program, which is why we also offer internships and practicums before students leave JCCC.

Students can join JCCC’s Hospitality Management Club to enrich further what they learn in the classroom.

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