Baking and Pastry Arts

This specialized culinary program develops students' knowledge and skills to produce pastries; yeast-raised products; quick breads; chocolates and confections; cakes and decorating; ice creams; and frozen and fruit desserts. Western Colorado Community College's baking and pastry program has earned its excellent reputation as a training ground and career starter. Graduates from this program are ready to step directly into an entry-level job with the skills and knowledge to build a successful career in the baking and pastry industry.

Why choose the Baking and Pastry Arts program at WCCC?

  • State-of-the-art baking and pastry lab
  • Small classes with individual attention from experienced chefs, caterers, bakers, sommeliers, restaurant owners and managers
  • Real-world experience in a student-run, on-campus restaurant
  • Catering and competition opportunities
  • Program aligns with the prerequisite requirements for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Management and Interdisciplinary Studies

The Associate of Applied Science Baking and Pastry degree will develop students’ skills and understanding in the production of chocolates, confections, pastries, ice creams and frozen desserts, yeast products, quick breads, sculpted items, sugar work, the use of fruits and international desserts. This degree also includes business and management courses: nutrition, purchasing, supervision and business information technology.

Academic Requirements

This certificate program will develop students’ skills and understanding in the production of pastries, yeast products, quick breads, the use of fruits and international desserts. Students who complete this certificate may find employment in the following areas: baker, baking assistant, journeyman baker, cake decorator or pastry cook. This certificate also prepares students for advanced study in the Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry or bachelor's in hospitality management.

Academic Requirements

Career Opportunities

  • Baker
  • Bakeshop station chef
  • Baking assistant
  • Cake decorator
  • Candy maker
  • In-home entrepreneur
  • Journeyman baker
  • Pastry chef

Culinary Arts

Degree options for culinary arts and food preparation are also available through WCCC. Learn more about our culinary arts options.

Program Faculty

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Deborah Henderson

Technical Instructor of Baking and Pastry

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Wayne Smith

Assistant Technical Professor of Culinary Arts

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Jonathan St. Peter

Assistant Technical Professor of Culinary Arts