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September 16, 2016

The Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute at Anne Arundel Community College was named one of the 50 Best Culinary Schools in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools.   At number 14 on the 2016 list, HCAT met and exceeded high standards and performance metrics on the nationwide list. “This is an incredible validation of the academic excellence at HCAT in curriculum, faculty, facilities and internship opportunities,” said Mary Ellen Mason, program director. “These nationally recognized programs offer the best in culinary education.”

The full list of online rankings, available at, states that AACC students “learn from the best in the business.”

The site also said faculty and staff are trained in the latest methods and techniques, while all degree options include a practicum experience.  The associate of applied science degree with the culinary option is accredited by the American Culinary Federation, and the Hospitality Business Management program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. Graduates are prepared to work as bakers, cooks, manager-in-training and pastry cooks. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites the demand for chefs and head cooks will grow 9% faster than most industries in the country. 

Criteria for selection included that the school provide hands-on experience, internships/externships, student-operated restaurants, modern facilities and a solid reputation in the industry. “HCAT works hard every day to make our students’ dreams and passions come true, and we offer our high quality programming at an affordable community college cost,” Mason said.

For more on HCAT, visit here.