School of Culinary Arts

The job market is heating up.
From neighborhood bistros to high-end restaurants, the number of cooks working in professional kitchens across the state is expected to rise to 41,170 by 2024, which is a healthy 16% increase from 2014.*

Where great American chefs are born.

The American Academy of Culinary Arts

The American Academy of Culinary Arts (AACA) at PTC is dedicated to the development of tomorrow's great American chefs. By emphasizing the classic fundamentals while blending in culture-current trends and international cuisine, AACA prepares students for exciting and diverse culinary careers.

Discover our Culinary Arts programs.

Associate in Science, Culinary Arts

From exploring international cuisine to designing your own menu, earn your degree in just seven quarters.

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Certificate, Culinary Arts

Prep for a culinary career in as little as five quarters and gain the skills you need to enter today’s culinary industry.

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Certificate, Baking & Pastry

Creativity meets skill in PTC’s baking and pastry track, which you can complete in three quick quarters.

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Learn essential skills and explore classical and 12 international cuisines and techniques.

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Learn at the American Academy of Culinary Arts.

At the American Academy of Culinary Arts (AACA), Chefs who comprise our faculty season their extensive skills and experience with a passion for sharing their knowledge and love for baking and international cuisine.

Our chefs love sharing their knowledge.

At the American Academy of Culinary Arts (AACA), Chefs who comprise our faculty season their extensive skills and experience with a passion for sharing their knowledge and love for baking and international cuisine.

Meet the Chefs

Put your skills to work in an internship.

If you pursue an associate degree, you’ll leave our kitchens during your last quarter to gain professional experience in an internship. You’ll even create a digital portfolio to showcase what you’ve learned and created. Consider it your edge, in addition to your education, when interviewing for that all-important first job.

Head into the kitchen

Career Services is your job search team.

When you’re ready to take all that you’ve learned out into the real world, our Career Services team will work with you to help build your job-search skills and connect you to potential employers. And, you can continue to count on their expertise and support throughout your career.

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Whether you want to speak with a representative, swing by campus or get the application process started, it's time to discover how different a college can be.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


A nonprofit Institution

PTC can help launch your career with a hands-on, personal approach
and a wide range of advantages over traditional institutions.

Pittsburgh Technical College, 1111 McKee Road, Oakdale PA, 15071
(412) 809-5100

Pittsburgh Technical College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.