In order to succeed in the baking industry, it is necessary to perfect skills that are both artistic and scientific. At College of Western Idaho (CWI), we can develop your skill set in the kitchen and prepare you for a wide variety of careers—from independent and in-store bakeries to large commercial bakeries, restaurants, and hotels—with our two-year Baking and Pastry Arts program. Whether you are interested in completing an Advanced Technical Certificate or finishing the Associate of Applied Science degree, you will benefit from our hands-on approach to teaching you the ins and outs of baking. Throughout the course of this program, you will build a strong foundation in basic concepts, methods, and the chemistry of cooking and baking. We will also help you develop both as an artist and businessperson through instruction and valuable industry internship experiences. The program follows the American Culinary Foundation Educational Institute—required knowledge and skill competencies for degree programs.
The Culinary and Baking and Pastry Arts Programs at CWI aspire to be recognized for providing a fast-paced environment where students acquire knowledge and self-confidence while exercising creativity while preparing for a position in the rapidly changing and diverse culinary, baking, and pastry professions. Our students are exposed to the business aspects of culinary arts, baking, and pastry along with practical, hands-on training. We strive to use the finest local and sustainable ingredients in partnership with local producers, farmers, and ranchers.
Why This Program
College of Western Idaho’s Baking and Pastry program is designed to train students in the art of bread baking, classical pastry techniques, cake decoration, event centerpieces, entremets, plating, and food science. The program is designed to focus upon both production and the individualized skills necessary to gain entry-level employment in bakeries, restaurants, and other catering or foodservice industry positions.
What You Will Learn to Do
- You will receive personal instruction and hands-on training from experienced professional instructors in a professional atmosphere
- You will gain a working knowledge and understanding of safe sanitation practices that meet state and federal requirements for all food handlers
- Lay the foundation for career goals from the minute you come in contact with our school, while nurturing positive relationships with industry mentors
- Use the best ingredients and instruction available to learn the art, science, technique, and methods needed to excel in the industry
Culinary Club's goal is to advance the creative and professional skills of our members. We want to educate and expose fellow culinary students to different career options in the food industry by creating a fun and engaging environment with... more
We present opportunities to our students to become a part of their professional community by promoting and supporting participation in activities like CWI Culinary Club, ACF Idaho Chefs’ de Cuisine, Idaho Potato Challenge, The Chefs’ Affaire, Culinary Walkabout, SkillsUSA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and community-service projects.
CWI Baking and Pastry internships and externships provide the opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with established professionals in the Industry.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts
Advanced Technical Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts
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Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
At College of Western Idaho (CWI), we can develop your skill set in the kitchen and prepare you for a wide variety of careers— from independent and in-store bakeries to large commercial bakeries, restaurants, and hotels—with our two- year Baking and Pastry Arts program.