Culinary Academy of South Dakota

Overview

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  • Chef

  • Food Service

  • Bakery Supervisor

  • Cook

  • Banquet/Catering Service

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The Culinary Academy of South Dakota at Mitchell Technical College has a long and honored tradition in the upper Midwest. Placement opportunities for graduates have been excellent. This program combines traditional campus instruction with apprenticeship training in other South Dakota communities including major convention centers and hotels.

Learning to cook in the Mitchell Tech kitchens, students master the techniques of food preparation, sanitation and service in a large operation. Fulfilling all the positions in modern food service, students move easily from kitchen to front-of-house, learning as they work. The program provides daily food service to Mitchell Tech students, staff and guests, short order service and elegant Oak Room dining in Mitchell Tech’s prestigious on-campus restaurant.

After two semesters on campus, students are prepared to enter the food service industry with a one-year Culinary Arts diploma. Students also have the option of enrolling in a second year and completing an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Culinary Arts. The two-year option includes a summer internship between the first and second year. AAS graduates have experience in cooking, but equally important, are prepared for management positions in the food service industry.

Program Mission

The Culinary Academy of South Dakota provides students with hands-on, experiential learning in order to attain a strong culinary foundation and the practical skills necessary for success in the foodservice industry.

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Curriculum

Award: Diploma or AAS Degree

2
Semesters
First Semester
CA107Customer Service4 credits
CA110Mis en Place1 credit
CA134Professional Baking Concepts4 credits
CA140Fundamentals of Prof. Cooking4 credits
CA145ServSafe1 credit
CA165Culinary Math2 credits
CPR100First Aid, CPR AED0.5 credits
SSS100Student Success1 credit
Total Semester Hours17.5 credits
Second Semester
CA135Breakfast Bistro2 credits
CA150Banquet Quantity Food Production3 credits
CA155Baking Applications3 credits
CA166Front of House Operations2 credits
 
CA188Hospitality and Management3 credits
OR
CA200Nutrition3 credits
 
Communications Elective3 credits
Math Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours22 credits
Third Semester
CA290Internship6 credits
Total Semester Hours6 credits
Fourth Semester
CA210Accounting for Hospitality2 credits
CA212Bake Shop2 credits
CA215Culinary Classics2 credits
CA220Introduction to Sous Chef2 credits
CA231Intro to International Cuisine2 credits
CA240Menu Planning1 credit
General Education Elective3 credits
General Education Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours17 credits
Fifth Semester
CA245Modern Cuisine4 credits
CA255Practical Supervision3 credits
CA260Restaurant Concepts2 credits
CA265Culinary Exploration Lab3 credits
 
CA188Hospitality and Management3 credits
OR
CA200Nutrition3 credits
 
General Education Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours21 credits

Requirements

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

This program requires students to be able to perform several physical tasks including lifting 50 pounds; standing for a minimum of 90 minutes at a time; ability to stoop, bend and stretch; to read small print on order tickets, recipes and labels; and to withstand very hot and cold working conditions.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Students must attain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in all first-year technical classes before advancing to the second year curriculum.  In addition, students will be evaluated for second-year advancement on several factors including interpersonal, work ethic and teamwork skills.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

This program allows you to bring your own laptop as long as it meets these minimum specifications:

Processor – Intel Core i Series (i3, i5, i7) or AMD Ryzen
Operating System – Windows 10
Webcam Recommended
Memory – 4 GB or more
Internal Storage – 64 GB or more
Microsoft Office is available at no charge as long as enrolled at Mitchell Tech
NO APPLE/MAC COMPUTERS

Outcomes

At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Follow food safety and sanitation practices
  • Prepare items using proper culinary techniques
  • Use culinary math and measurement to convert, modify, and produce recipes
  • Apply culinary terminology to communication
  • Demonstrate leadership skills necessary for success in the culinary field.
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.

Faculty

Devyn Killion

Instructor

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Josh Kranz

Instructor

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Tim Goldammer

Program Director / Instructor

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Cost - aas option

$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees*

Other Required Costs

Books (estimated) $1,249
Knives$425
Uniforms$180 each year
ACF Membership$50 each year
Program Services$650 per year
Graduation Fee$10

 

Cost - diploma option

$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ

Other Required Costs

Books (estimated) $896
Knives$425
Uniforms$180 each year
ACF Membership$50 each year
Program Services$650 per year
Graduation Fee$10

Accreditation

The Mitchell Tech Culinary Academy is accredited by the American Culinary Federation, Educational Foundation, Accreditation Commission (ACFEFAC):

American Culinary Federation
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL 32095
800.624.9458

Culinary Academy graduates certified as American Culinary Federation Certified Culinarians
 GraduatesCertifiedPercentage Certified*
202255100%
202144100%
202055100%
Job placement rate for Culinary Academy program graduates
Calendar Year% of Grads Employed in Related Field**  
202280%  
2021100%  
2020100%  
Student graduation rate for Culinary Academy program
 Students Available for GraduationGraduates in 150% of Normal TimeGraduation Rate***
20226583%
20218450%
20206583%

*American Culinary Federation Education Foundation defines the ACF certification rate as the percentage of students who receive ACF Certification within 1 year of program completion.

**American Culinary Federation Education Foundation defines the job placement rate as the percentage of students that are employed in their field of study within nine months of graduation.

***American Culinary Federation Education Foundation defines the student graduation rate as the percentage of students who complete the program within 150% of the published time for the program.

Scholarships

$1000

5 AVAIL.

SD Pork Producers Scholarship

Culinary of South Dakota student 2.5 GPA

$750

1 AVAIL.

SD Municipal Electric Association Energy Production & Transmission Scholarship

SD Municipal Electric Association

All programs eligible.
Must be a resident of the SD Municipal Electric Association service area.

$1000

1 AVAIL.

SSB Culinary Excellence Scholarship

2nd year Culinary Student

$1000

2 AVAIL.

South Dakota Wheat Commission

South Dakota Wheat Commission

The South Dakota Wheat Commission began offering scholarships for Culinary Academy of South Dakota, Animal Science, Ag Business, Agronomy, Precision Technology, and SD Center for Farm and Ranch Management program students in 2014. The Commission has been an active supporter of several Mitchell Technical College programs for several years and has provided financial support for equipment and program development.
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Precision Ag Technology
Applicants must be currently enrolled as first year full-time students in the Culinary Academy of South Dakota or Agronomy programs, with second choice being Ag Business, Animal Science or Precision Technology Applicants must complete the MTC current student online application during the open enrollment period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Award considerations include academic performance, financial need, responses to essay questions and recommendations from instructors. Ag award preference would be to someone who comes from or has plans to go into production agriculture, specifically wheat production Culinary Academy of South Dakota award preference would be students interested in the baking side of the program

$1000

4 AVAIL.

Osterhaus Endowed Scholarships

Martin and Maude Osterhaus established this endowed scholarship in 1995 to provide financial support for at least four deserving Mitchell Tech students each year. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be a currently enrolled first year full-time student in any two year program Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form) Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must have good leadership skills

$1000

1 AVAIL.

Mitchell Tech Retiree Endowed Scholarship

The scholarship was established by the former faculty and staff of Mitchell Tech.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
Office Technology Specialist
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be enrolled full time at MTC. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Applicant must complete the MTC Online application during the open application period to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

800.684.1969
605.995.3025
fax: 605.995.3067
[email protected]

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