Build Your Future as a Baking and Pastry Chef
Cypress College’s Hotel, Restaurant, Culinary Arts Department has a state-of-the-art culinary learning facility at its Anaheim campus. In the heart of the Anaheim Resort District, the campus is the perfect venue for students focusing on a career in pastry arts. The hands-on learning environment prepares students to become skilled leaders in the pastry industry. Passion transforms into skill as the broad foundation taught by our dedication instructors builds into knowledge.
The program also offers:
- Comprehensive, hands-on and high-quality education
- Experienced and passionate faculty
- Accredited degrees and certificates
- Small classes with faculty and student interaction
- Affordable tuition
- Career Fair
- Job opportunities with local hospitality employers
- University transfer partnerships
- Cypress Bistro, a student-run restaurant
Frequently Asked Questions
The Baking and Pastry Program offers three options:
Baking Fundamentals Certificate, 15 units
Baking and Pastry Certificate, 36 units
Associate in Science in Baking and Pastry Arts, 60–61 units
Most full-time students taking 15 credits per semester can complete a fundamentals certificate in one to two semesters, an advanced certificate in two to three semesters, and an associate in science degree in two years. Students may elect to attend part time as well. Our programs also offer hybrid courses for more flexibility in scheduling to accommodate the busy lives of our students.
The program is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. Units vary by course, but the average is 3 units per course. Unit fees for the 15-unit certificate would be $690; the 36-unit certificate would be $1,656; and the 60-unit associate degree would be approximately $2,760. Most students also qualify for some form of financial aid.
Career opportunities upon completion of this program include bakers, pastry cooks for restaurants or banquets, candy makers and cake decorators. The median wages for bakers is $26,160 annually and for chefs it is $46,310 annually. Locally, the range for hourly employees is $12 to $18.
Centrally located in the heart of the Anaheim Resort District and Orange County, our students are employed by many local companies. Faculty members work hard to develop employment partnerships with local hotels, resorts, and restaurants. Many of our students have or are working for companies such as Disneyland Resort, Hyatt Hotels, Great Wolf Lodge, Surf and Sand Resort, Marriott Hotels, Blackmarket Bakery, and Susie Cakes.
- Baking Fundamentals Certificate = 15 units (1-2 semesters)
- Baking and Pastry Certificate = 36 units (2-3 semesters)
- Associate in Science in Baking and Pastry Arts = 60–61 units (2 years)