Associate of Arts Degree
“Guam Community College meets and in some cases, exceeds WACS Standards of Quality Culinary Education."
World Association of Chef Societies (WACS) Education Chairman/Director of Education
The Hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy and employs over 10 million food service workers in the United States. The expansion and growth of hotels, restaurants, tour companies, airlines, tourist attraction facilities, and related services have created vast career opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry and more so in the culinary arts field. The GCC Culinary Arts program is THE PROGRAM that Guam's top chefs turn to for culinary personnel. Our Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts degree is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF), and has been accepted into the World Association of Chef Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program.
Enrollment in any Culinary Arts technical requirement course requires the student to be:
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- an approved apprentice OR
- declared in Culinary Arts as approved by the Department Chairperson.
Food and Beverage workers make up one of the largest and fastest growing occupational groups in our labor force. The expansion of businesses such as hotels, restaurants, bars, and catering firms have widened the career opportunities for those with the proper motivation and training. The entry-level position available in this industry is as a cook’s assistant. With further education, as provided for through this program and experience, possible positions range from Comis-Chef, Demi-Chef, Chef de Partie, Sous Chef, Executive Sous Chef and eventually Executive Chef.
The GCC Advantage
Students in the GCC Culinary Arts program have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from famous chefs in Guam's five-star hotels. These hotels often hire Culinary Arts students upon program completion.
All students who declare a major are assigned an Academic Advisor. Students are strongly urged to visit your advisor, who can help you draft an educational plan with course sequencing that meets your personal, academic, and career goals.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the AA in Culinary Arts program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge in culinary terms, methods and applications.
- Interpret the fundamentals of food service as they apply to the work of a culinary practitioner.
- Demonstrate positive work ethic as required of them in the culinary arts field.
The mission of the Culinary Arts program is to introduce students to careers in the field of Culinary Arts and provide them the basic skills and knowledge they will need to achieve success. Students will experience all aspects of the Culinary Arts as they build good business and management skills.
Location: Tourism and Hospitality Office: Building 2000, Room 2137
Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.