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If you’re looking for an exciting, hands-on career with the opportunity to see the world, Anne Arundel Community College’s Hotel and Culinary programs might be for you.

You can choose from a variety of nationally recognized programs, taught by instructors with extensive industry experience. You’ll have the opportunity to intern or study abroad. At AACC, you’ll receive a quality education at a fraction of the price of other programs. And you’ll be well on your way to transfer to a four-year program or to start building your career right now. Our Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute has dual locations in Glen Burnie and Arnold, so it’s never been more convenient to invest in your future.

Career Degrees

AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you with skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into transfer agreements that allow these degrees to transfer to select colleges. A list of active agreements may be found on this website. You can also learn more about transferring from AACC to continue your education.

Hotel/Restaurant Management, Baking and Pastry Arts, A.A.S.

You’ll get out of the classroom and into the kitchen as you learn to make a variety of delicious breads, cakes, pastries, torts and gateaus. If you choose, you’ll even train in advanced specialty items, including candies, nut brittles, nougats, pralines, marzipans, chocolate and a variety of confections. Accredited by the American Culinary Federation, this degree will prepare you for positions as a baker, cook, pastry cook or manager in training in the hospitality industry.


Hotel/Restaurant Management, Culinary Arts, A.A.S.

You’ll learn everything from foundational cooking techniques to baking trade secrets to an overview of world cuisine. You’ll also acquire practical skills in operations management and purchasing and cost control. Accredited by the American Culinary Federation, this degree will prepare you for positions as a baker, cook, pastry cook or manager in training in the hospitality industry.


Hotel/Restaurant Management, Hospitality Management, A.A.S.

You’ll acquire essential operational skills by merging business acumen with an intimate understanding of the hospitality industry. You’ll also gain foundational knowledge in both the hotel and food and beverage management options. Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, this degree will prepare you for positions as a manager-in-training for: catering and sales, food and beverage, food service management for an assisted living facility or nursing home, hotel front office, restaurant/kitchen management, meeting and conference planning.


Credit Certificate Offerings

The following certificates prepare students for employment and feed into the A.A.S. degree, if desired.

Fundamentals of Cooking and Baking Certificate

You'll be prepared for entry-level employment in the hospitality industry such as in a restaurant, hotel or bakery. This certificate builds toward a hotel/restaurant management degree, in either the baking and pastry arts concentration or the culinary arts concentration. This also contains prerequisite courses for either the culinary arts certificate or the baking and pastry certificate.


Baking and Pastry Certificate

You’ll be well prepared for a number of positions within the hospitality industry, such as at a restaurant or hotel bakery, a privately-owned bakery or a wholesale club or grocery store bakery.


Culinary Arts Certificate

You’ll gain a broad overview of cooking and baking techniques, becoming qualified for a number of entry-level food-preparation positions in industries such as hotels, clubs, airlines, cruise ships or restaurants.


Hospitality Management Certificate

You’ll acquire knowledge of industry expertise in lodging and technology and combine it with sound management principles. If you choose, you also can gain specialized experience in a variety of lodging operations, such as full- and limited-service hotels or extended-stay or all-suites resorts. You’ll be ready to take the next step as an entry-level supervisor in the hospitality industry or to enter specialized management training programs in the lodging industry.


Event Planning and Catering Certificate

You’ll merge superior food-preparation techniques with an overview of event-planning and business principles. You’ll be well prepared to work in event planning or catering industries.


Interested in Transfer?

If you're interested in earning a four-year degree and want to study this subject, Transfer Studies may be your solution. This distinctive degree is designed to let you choose an area of concentration (or major), while completing your state of Maryland general education requirements.

Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. If you hope to transfer to a specific program or school, one of our advisors can help structure your AACC studies specifically for that purpose. The result? You get a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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What can you do with a degree in hotel/restaurant management?

The hotel and culinary industries offer exciting opportunities both locally and globally. Our graduates pursue rewarding careers as:

  • Event planners
  • Caterers
  • Cooks
  • Bakers
  • Chefs
  • Pastry chefs
  • Hospitality supervisors/managers.

Plus, with four-year transfer agreements with dozens of colleges and universities in Maryland and beyond, an AACC degree has never been a better investment. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Related programs

If our Hotel and Culinary program sounds appealing but you’d like to compare it to other offerings, see if one of these programs is a better fit:

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I have really bad dyslexia, which means I have trouble reading my recipes. The people around me don’t know how bad it is. However, remembering the (legally blind) woman from MasterChef keeps me going and makes me remember that I can do it! I won’t let my disability stop me from doing what I want to do.

Myra Umberger, Culinary Arts

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