The competency credential in Professional Cooking provides students with the basic food preparation skills required to be both imminently and immediately employable and trainable within the culinary industry.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics median annual wages of restaurant cooks were $21,990 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $18,230 and $26,150. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $15,880, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $31,330.
Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Limited-Service Eating Places||55,230||$9.85||$20,490|
|Other Amusement and Recreation Industries||19,420||$12.46||$25,910|
|Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)||13,110||$11.05||$22,980|
*Statistics reported in May 2009
Read more about the required internship.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Uniforms/Special Equipment Needs
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
American Culinary Federation
Penn College Diners' Club
Phi Beta Lambda
Hospitality Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.