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  • Culinary Arts
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    Program Director
    Mo Montgomery
    Student Center
    Room 104

  • Did You Know?

    exemplary award

    Exemplary Accreditation from the American Culinary Federation
    The PCC Culinary Arts Program is Accredited through the American Culinary Federation as Exemplary.

    Exemplary Programs symbolize the highest educational standards recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). The award is presented to programs that have proven full compliance with all ACFEFAC accreditation requirements in the last visiting team report along with excellent management of the program.

  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall & Spring Semester

    Award: AAS & Certificate

    Average Class Size: 12

    Program Length: 4 Full-time Semesters

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Both

    Course Availability: Day & Evening Classes

    Program Locations: Pueblo

  • “In all professions without doubt, but certainly in cooking one is a student all his life.” –Fernand Point

    1 to 11 instructor to student ratio, 4 semesters to complete an AAS degree, 25% Long-term projected job growth over the next 10 years for the food service industry.” (CO. Department of Labor)

    Career Information
    Careers within the Hospitality industry are very diverse. A few of the careers are listed below. Click the links to access career information. Under Wages & Employment Trends select CO to view current employment and wage data provided by the US Department of Labor.


    What Will I Learn?

    “I tell a student that the most important class you can take is technique. A great chef is first a great technician. If you are a jeweler, or a surgeon or a cook, you have to know the trade in your hand. You have to learn the process. You learn it through endless repetition until it belongs to you.” –Jacques Pepin

    The Culinary Arts Program provides several academic options. PCC degree and certificate choices are listed below. The program combines theory taught in the classroom with real-world experiential learning labs. Technical skills are taught such as manipulating recipes, taking measurements, and utilizing industry tools and technology. However, critical professional skills are also emphasized. These include: problem solving, time management, organization, and customer service with guests and colleagues within industry settings.

    Degree Options (Click on the titles to view the courses.)

    Culinary Arts Production Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree
    This degree provides advanced training in Culinary Arts Production. Students learn about health regulations, culinary skills, management skills, and nutrition. Graduates are prepared for entry or mid-level positions in culinary arts facilities.

    Culinary Arts Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree
    This degree provides training in Culinary Arts Management and are prepared for entry level positions in culinary arts facilities. Students learn management skills such as cost controls, supervising, planning, and purchasing. Health regulations, nutrition, and an overview of culinary practices are also incorporated into the curriculum.

    Certificate Options (Click on the titles to view the courses and descriptions of the certificates.)

    Dining Services Certificate

    NEW Food Service Management Certificate

    NEW Bartending Service Certificate

    Beginning Production & Baking Certificate

    Intermediate Production & Baking Certificate

    Our Experienced Faculty
    To learn more about our faculty, click here to meet the team.

    Our Cutting Edge Program
    The PCC Culinary Arts program is one of the few in the state of Colorado that is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF), and only one of two with an Exemplary rating. To achieve this distinction PCC has met or exceeded all educational and production standards endorsed by the ACF. S part of the program’s curriculum, students are prepared for exams to earn several certifications from the National Restaurant Association. Click here to learn more about these nationally recognized certifications

    Our Culinary Arts program is professionally affiliated with the following:


  • Spotlight

    New Certificates in Food Service Management and Bartending!*
    Do you already know how to cook but want to move up into management? Our 20-credit Food Service Management certificate can be completed in as little as 2 semesters. Students gain the foundational skills and certifications to become successful managers in food service. 

    Want to take your bartending skills to the next level? Increase your ability to get hired and become bar management material in as little as one semester! Our Bartending Service Certificate provides students with the know how to successfully manage a bar and supervise beverage service. Click on the links to the left to learn more about these certificate options.

    *Pending Financial Aid Approval

    Spotlight falls on PCC culinary arts program
    By Jon Pompia The Pueblo Chieftain

    Surrounded by ovens, mixers, prep tables and other tools of the trade, Mo Montgomery beckoned her inquisitive young audience to take a closer look.

    “Don’t be shy,” said Montgomery, director of hospitality and culinary arts at Pueblo Community College. “This is your classroom.”

    As the small semi-circle tightened, Montgomery continued the tour of the kitchen located in the rear of the GPA (Great Personal Attention) Dining Room. >>Read full article.