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Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Culinary Arts provides an intensive course of study leading to certificates of completion in several exciting areas. Rigorous and comprehensive, these programs prepare students for entry into the professional food industry. The curriculum integrates classical and modern culinary techniques with strong kitchen management skills. Classes are scheduled in 8-week blocks, allowing more frequent entry into the program. Many of the Culinary Arts faculty are professional chefs with extensive backgrounds in the food business. Several are graduates of professional culinary academies.

Introductory Culinary Arts courses are held at Garcia Hall on the Santa Rosa campus, while production courses are offered at the SRJC Culinary Arts Center, 458 B Street in downtown Santa Rosa. This 5,500 square foot facility is also the location of the SRJC Culinary Café and Bakery where students receive practical, hands-on experience working in a commercial kitchen, retail bakery, and restaurant open to the public.


Four occupational certificates are currently available. Classes may be taken individually or as part of a complete certificate. Instruction is provided in an intensive format (up to 5 days per week and 8 hours per day) with classes offered during the daytime only. Students wishing to complete a certificate quickly should expect to attend full time.

Culinary Arts
This certificate is designed to train individuals in all aspects of the culinary arts field. Successful students will be prepared to work as cooks in a wide range of food service settings, such as restaurants, hotels, catering operations, and institutional kitchens. Training options also prepare students to transfer to a professional chef program or four-year university. Students are instructed in the preparation of stocks, soups, sauces, side dishes, garde manger, entrees, breads, pastries, and desserts. While working in the Culinary Café, students rotate through kitchen stations to gain the proficiency required to perform at a professional level in a commercial kitchen. The full-time student can complete this program in two semesters.

Baking and Pastry
This is an intensive program designed for those interested in professional baking. It includes comprehensive study with an emphasis on the hands-on application of fundamental baking techniques and ingredients. Students learn introductory baking skills and then move on to production baking in SRJC’s retail bakery at the Culinary Arts Center. Graduates are prepared for entry-level employment as bread bakers, pastry cooks, cake decorators, or confectioners. Course study includes bread work, cakes, pastries and desserts, chocolates, and confections. Instruction is also provided in bakeshop management and retail bakery operations. The full-time student can complete this program in one semester.

School name:Santa Rosa Junior College
Address:1501 Mendocino Avenue
Zip & city:CA 95401 California

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