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Culinary Arts Diploma

Feed Your Creativity and Passion

There’s never been a better time to turn your passion for food into an exciting career. Are you ready to take your culinary passion to the next level?

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40 Weeks to a New Career

Culinary instructor shows students how to chop vegetables

Make Your Culinary Dreams a Reality

At IOT, get the hands-on experience you need to succeed in the food industry. Our Culinary Arts Diploma will help you develop fundamental culinary preparation and presentation skills while also focusing on more specialized areas such as:

  • Garde Manger
  • Contemporary and international cuisine preparation
Culinary student plates a meal

Your Program Benefits

IOT designs program schedules with your busy lifestyle in mind. You can take advantage of these benefits:

  • 180-hour externship in an industry kitchen
  • Personal uniform and cutlery set are available for purchase
  • Preparation for ServSafe exams and American Culinary Certification standards for Safety and Sanitation, Supervisory Management, and Nutrition
Woman prepping kitchen while another person works over a grill

Where Can I Work?

Here is an industry job trend breakdown*:

  • Restaurants and other eateries 46%
  • Traveler accommodation establishments 11%
  • Special food services 10%
  • Amusement and recreation organizations 6%

*Source: BLS.gov

Students who successfully complete the program will be documented as “Graduate” and as proof of such accomplishment will receive a Culinary Arts Diploma.

What can I do with the Culinary Arts Diploma program?

With IOT’s culinary arts training, you can pursue a variety of roles in food service and catering. Get the skills to become a:

  • Sous Chef
  • Executive Chef
  • Catering Specialist
  • Line Chef

What Program Graduates Say

  • “I always wanted to become a chef and as a graduate, I feel like this program was the best way to start my career! The chef were very caring and passionate of helping their students learn. It has opened many doors to the industry! I am very grateful for all the staff and instructor chef that have and counite to support me in this journey."

    Rosio Rodriguez – CAD, Class of 2022

  • "I highly recommend anyone seeking an education of any kind that’s offered at this school take that chance and leap! You’re in the right hands."

    Kyle Simerly – CAD, Class of 2021

  • "I graduated IOT’s Culinary Arts program with a 4.0 GPA in 2021. The program not only helped me gain confidence in essentials like knife skills and food safety , but challenged me to show up as a professional and to put my best foot forward in the fast-paced industry."

    Audrey Aparicio – CAD, Class of 2019

  • “IOT helped me pursue my goals and gave me more confidence in my ability. The instructors were knowledgeable and pushed me to new heights. I am thankful for my education from the Institute of Technology.”

    James (Jim) Pacini- Culinary Arts Degree, Class of 2010

Where Can I Study?

Graduation and Employment Rates as reported to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Number of Students Enrolled: 65
Number of Students Graduated: 46
ACCSC Graduation Rate: 71%
Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: 43
ACCSC Employment Rate: 93%
Employment Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2021, and February 28, 2022, are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduate), have been included in the employment rate calculation, which have been waived for employment for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic employment rates.

ACFEFAC Graduation Rate (2023): 67%
ACFEFAC Placement Rate (2023): 77%
ACFEFAC Certification Rate (2023): 0%

ACFEFAC Graduation Rate (2022): 40%
ACFEFAC Placement Rate (2022): 100%
ACFEFAC Certification Rate (2022): 0%

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent this program’s Graduation and Employment Rates across IOT Clovis and Modesto Campuses.

2022
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
58%
BPPE Placement Rate: 91%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2022 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduate), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

 

2021
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
62%
BPPE Placement Rate: 84%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2021 are included in this calculation. 3.8% of the graduates, (or 3 graduate), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC Code Occupation
11-9051 Food Service Managers
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
35-2013 Cooks, Private Household
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant
35-2015 Cooks, Short Order
35-2019 Cooks, All Other
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
35-9031 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
35-9099 Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
39-9021 Personal Care Aides
51-3011 Bakers
51-3021 Butchers and Meat Cutters
51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
51-3091 Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
51-3092 Food Batchmakers
51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Graduation and Employment Rates as reported to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Number of Students Enrolled: 43
Number of Students Graduated: 26
ACCSC Graduation Rate: 63%
Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: 21
ACCSC Employment Rate: 81%
Employment Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2021, and February 28, 2022, are included in this calculation. 8% of the graduates (or 3 graduates) have been included in the employment rate calculation, which has been waived for employment for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic employment rates.

ACFEFAC Graduation Rate (2022): 50%
ACFEFAC Placement Rate (2022): 100%
ACFEFAC Certification Rate (2020): 0%

ACFEFAC Graduation Rate (2021): 69%
ACFEFAC Placement Rate (2021): 79%
ACFEFAC Certification Rate (2021): 0%

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent this program’s Graduation and Employment Rates across IOT Clovis and Modesto Campuses.

2022
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
58%
BPPE Placement Rate: 91%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2022 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduate), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

 

2021
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
62%
BPPE Placement Rate: 84%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2021 are included in this calculation. 3.8% of the graduates, (or 3 graduate), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC Code Occupation
11-9051 Food Service Managers
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
35-2013 Cooks, Private Household
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant
35-2015 Cooks, Short Order
35-2019 Cooks, All Other
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
35-9031 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
35-9099 Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
39-9021 Personal Care Aides
51-3011 Bakers
51-3021 Butchers and Meat Cutters
51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
51-3091 Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
51-3092 Food Batchmakers
51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
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Graduation and Employment Rates as reported to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Number of Students Enrolled: 65
Number of Students Graduated: 46
ACCSC Graduation Rate: 71%
Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: 43
ACCSC Employment Rate: 93%
Employment Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2021, and February 28, 2022, are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduate), have been included in the employment rate calculation, which have been waived for employment for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic employment rates.

ACFEFAC Graduation Rate (2023): 67%
ACFEFAC Placement Rate (2023): 77%
ACFEFAC Certification Rate (2023): 0%

ACFEFAC Graduation Rate (2022): 40%
ACFEFAC Placement Rate (2022): 100%
ACFEFAC Certification Rate (2022): 0%

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent this program’s Graduation and Employment Rates across IOT Clovis and Modesto Campuses.

2022
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
58%
BPPE Placement Rate: 91%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2022 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduate), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

 

2021
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
62%
BPPE Placement Rate: 84%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2021 are included in this calculation. 3.8% of the graduates, (or 3 graduate), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC Code Occupation
11-9051 Food Service Managers
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
35-2013 Cooks, Private Household
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant
35-2015 Cooks, Short Order
35-2019 Cooks, All Other
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
35-9031 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
35-9099 Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
39-9021 Personal Care Aides
51-3011 Bakers
51-3021 Butchers and Meat Cutters
51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
51-3091 Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
51-3092 Food Batchmakers
51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Graduation and Employment Rates as reported to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Number of Students Enrolled: 43
Number of Students Graduated: 26
ACCSC Graduation Rate: 63%
Number of Students Placed in their field of Study: 21
ACCSC Employment Rate: 81%
Employment Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2021, and February 28, 2022, are included in this calculation. 8% of the graduates (or 3 graduates) have been included in the employment rate calculation, which has been waived for employment for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic employment rates.

ACFEFAC Graduation Rate (2022): 50%
ACFEFAC Placement Rate (2022): 100%
ACFEFAC Certification Rate (2020): 0%

ACFEFAC Graduation Rate (2021): 69%
ACFEFAC Placement Rate (2021): 79%
ACFEFAC Certification Rate (2021): 0%

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent this program’s Graduation and Employment Rates across IOT Clovis and Modesto Campuses.

2022
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
58%
BPPE Placement Rate: 91%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2022 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduate), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

 

2021
BPPE 150% Graduation Rate:
62%
BPPE Placement Rate: 84%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2021 are included in this calculation. 3.8% of the graduates, (or 3 graduate), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC Code Occupation
11-9051 Food Service Managers
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
35-2011 Cooks, Fast Food
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
35-2013 Cooks, Private Household
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant
35-2015 Cooks, Short Order
35-2019 Cooks, All Other
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
35-9031 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
35-9099 Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
39-9021 Personal Care Aides
51-3011 Bakers
51-3021 Butchers and Meat Cutters
51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
51-3091 Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
51-3092 Food Batchmakers
51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders