About this program

It’s time to take your culinary skills to the next level. Build confidence in the kitchen. And perfect modern methods and techniques. In just two semesters plus a summer internship, you’ll learn what it takes to push your culinary career. Hands-on labs outfitted with cutting-edge equipment. Expert faculty with extensive industry expertise. And real-world experience working in our on-campus casual fine dining restaurant, Le Jeune Chef. The full-college experience is here. Make it yours.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

14

Average Class Size

Seamless Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Pathway

1

Year Format

Careers

Entry to mid-level positions in:

  • Restaurants
  • Catering Operations
  • Institutional Dining & Management
  • Retail
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Purchasing (FHD117)
  • Sanitation (FHD118)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Applications of Professional Cooking (FHD212)
  • Foundations of Professional Cooking (FHD101)
  • National Sanitation Certification (NSC)
  • Careers in Hospitality (FHD104)
  • Menu Planning and Cost Control (FHD125)
  • Introductory Baking (FHD137)
  • Location Based Catering (FHD227)
  • American Regional Cuisines (FHD321)
  • Introduction to the Modernist Kitchen (FHD151)
  • Culinary Internship (FHD269)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • MTH 011-Career Mathematics or Higher (MPE)
  • Communications (ENL010) or
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
Virtual Tour

Baking & Culinary

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchens used for instruction and Le Jeune Chef, our on-campus casual fine dining restaurant. The live labs give students an opportunity to put their talent on the table and work with real customers.

Le Jeune Chef
Facilities

Le Jeune Chef

Open all year, Le Jeune Chef, our live learning environment, is just another way you’ll be real-world ready to take on tomorrow. 

Visit Le Jeune Chef

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Jan 28

Open House

Friday, January 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 5

Open House

Saturday, February 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 25

Open House

Friday, February 258:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 19

Open House

Saturday, March 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 3

Open House

Sunday, April 38:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Open House

Friday, April 228:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

Upcoming Events

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

American Culinary Federation Logo
Guittard Chocolate Logo
Compass Group Logo
Wine Spectator Award
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

American Culinary Federation

American Culinary Federation

This national organization promotes the image of American chefs. Students are encouraged to join and obtain their ACF certification. Graduates of this program who maintain an active Junior membership in the local ACF chapter are eligible to certify as a Certified Culinarian for free.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 60+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
11.17.2021

Culinary arts students get firsthand look at local winemaking operations

Students in the Beverage Management and Service class recently made a field trip to Oregon Hill Winery in Morris, where they ...

10.28.2021

A taste (and smell) of the real world

Chef Mary G. Trometter recently welcomed Jerry Hammaker, a certified specialist of wine, to her beverage management class, where ...

09.28.2021

Students fill patrons’ waking hours with truly sweet dreams

The Penn College community passing through the Keystone Dining Room lobby on Monday had the delicious opportunity to sample the ...

Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Show them what you've got. Internship experiences allow students to get a taste of career opportunities before they graduate. In fact, many lead to job offers!

 

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby

There’s more to learning than lectures and labs. Opportunities like the Kentucky Derby are one of the many ways that our students bring learning to life.

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“Chopped” Champion

“Chopped” Champion

Our grads are making names for themselves across the nation.

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More Information

Dress Code: Professionalism is the signature of this degree and is the expectation for performance and appearance. Uniform and personal appearance standards are strictly enforced. Students are required to be clean-shaven (neat mustache above the lip is allowed), have properly contained hair (top of ear and back of collar for men; tied up and under hat for women, utilizing a net if necessary - no protruding bangs). In labs, no excessive makeup and no jewelry are allowed, including rings, watches and earrings or visible piercings of any style. Students in Table Service and/or Wine and Beverage Practicums may wear appropriate cosmetics, a watch, a single set of post-style earrings. Hair must be restrained - the utilization of a French braid or discrete pinning/styling is required.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

View the Culinary Arts Tool List & Uniform Policy

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

  • Ms. Tabitha H Barbarito, Project Manager, PASA Sustainable Agriculture
  • Mr. Francis A Daniele, Chef/Owner, Joanna's Italian Bakery
  • Ms. Diane L Dorner, '79, District Supervisor, Carrols Corporation
  • Mr. James M Fry
  • Mr. Joel Hough, Regional Manager, The Restaurant Store
  • Mr. Drew Kendall, Chef, Wegmans
  • Mr. Chris Kowalewski, Chief Growth Officer & Senior VP of Sales, Compass Group North America
  • Ms. Samantha Liedtka-Gundlach, '10, Owner, Samantha's Kitchen
  • Mr. George Logue, III, '10, Co-owner/Chef, Herman & Luther's
  • Ms. Erin Oggier, '06, Executive Chef, Brock & Company
  • Mr. Kristan T Patterson, Chief Artisan Baker, Penn State University Bakery
  • Mr. Gary R Rice, President/Owner, Rice's Food Equipment & Consulting, Inc.
  • Mr. Joseph A Wisniewski, '92