Holiday Closure

Bellingham Technical College will be closed from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29, 2020 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

BTC’s programs in Culinary Arts are ideal for students with a passion for food and pastry and an interest in the fast-growing food service industry.

You’ll be taught by an award-winning faculty and learn the skills you need to function as a professional in this fast-paced field. BTC’s Culinary Arts program offers the highest quality culinary education available, and you can put yours to work in a wide range of restaurants, bakeries, pastry shops, schools and universities, hospitals, and catering companies.

The employment outlook for program graduates is very strong, and students can expect to earn excellent wages. Skilled workers in Culinary Arts are in high demand, with an average placement rate of 83% within nine months of graduation.

Degrees & Certificates

Here are the Degrees & Certificates you can earn in this area.

Culinary Arts

Pastry Arts

Degree & Certificate Definitions

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree:

A two-year associate degree that allows you to go directly to work in your field.

Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree:

A two-year associate degree with transferable general education courses that allows you to either go directly into your field, transfer to a specific program at a four-year college or university, or prepare for your bachelor of applied science degree at BTC.


Certificates are academic credentials that can be earned in a shorter time than degrees, and which provide you with a set of skills to find a job or stay current in your field. Certificates typically last six months to one year, and some are designed to build on top of each other or eventually to a longer-term certificate or degree. Many certificates are financial aid eligible, so explore certificates now and find out if one is right for you.

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