A Catalog of Oklahoma’s Cooking Colleges

You won’t have to get your gun to learn how to cook up the best steak in Oklahoma – luckily, you’ll be able to pick out the best cuts at the local market. But that doesn’t mean you can’t channel your inner cowboy and become an expert chef of traditional fare like steaks and bison burgers. Or you can’t channel your neighbors to the southeast and try your hand at comfort food like fried chicken and grits. And after you’ve been trained in one of the state’s many culinary programs, you’ll be able to cook up any type of cuisine you like.

Getting started on your education

When you start shopping for culinary schools, keep a few things in mind: Make sure to look for a program that has a quality kitchen. After all, it’s where you’ll be learning most of the skills that will start you in your new career. Make sure that the school has a fully-equipped kitchen that is run by students and open to the public. Gourmet dinner nights and other events will give you the chance to hone your skills and show off budding talent. Also look for a program that is run by experienced professors and chefs. Finally, make sure your school offers job-placement services, including opportunities for internships and apprenticeships.

Once you find the school that’s right for you, it should be a piece of cake to get in. Most schools only require a high-school diploma or GED for admissions, though some more selective schools will look at other factors like previous work experience in a kitchen or some sort of training through attendance at workshops or seminars. Some schools may also ask you to take an assessment of your knowledge of basic kitchen techniques.

Earning your degree

After you’ve been accepted, you’ll be starting an accelerated track towards beginning your dream career as a culinary professional. The program typically takes only two years or less to complete – about half the time of a traditional degree. Some certificate programs are available that can be completed in one year or less, expediting your career entry even faster. And working professionals have a number of options for finishing their degrees, from night and weekend classes to online programs.

Though you can’t learn how to virtually boil an egg, you can be taught how to do it virtually. Some online programs offer video instruction for learning cooking skills right in your own kitchen. Others offer courses that complement previous kitchen experience so that you may finish your degree online. Many more programs are available online that focus on management and hospitality.

Finding your dream job

Graduates are likely to find a job they love in any of the thousands of restaurants, resorts, schools, and hotels in Oklahoma. Typical food industry salaries in Oklahoma range according to position, city, and experience. A waiter/waitress will earn an annual average salary of $20,430; a Registered Dietitian earns $59,970; a first-line supervisor will earn about $30,960; a head chef will earn approximately $47,770; and a restaurant cook earns an average salary of around $24,750.

To get the edge on the competition, start networking early. Join professional organizations such as the Oklahoma Restaurant Association to meet other industry professionals and to gain access to industry events. Also attend food and wine festivals across the state to rub elbows with local celebrity chefs and other culinary professionals. You can even enter the competitions to start building your reputation, and maybe even take home a few trophies.

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Campus-based programs

Autry Technology Center
1201 West Willow Road
Enid, OK 73703-2506
Culinary Arts
No regional accreditation

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center
PO Box 190
Fort Cobb, OK 73038
Restaurant, Food and Beverage Services
NCACS Accredited

Carl Albert State College
1507 S. McKenna St.
Poteau, OK 74953-5207
Hotel Restaurant Management
HLC Accredited

Eastern Oklahoma State College
1301 West Main
Wilburton, OK 74578
Hospitality and Gaming Services
NCACS Accredited

Francis Tuttle Technology Center
12777 N. Rockwell Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
Culinary Arts
NCACS & OBCTE Accredited

Great Plains Technology Center
4500 W. Lee Blvd.
Lawton, Ok 73505
Culinary Arts Management Assistant
Culinary Coordinator
Hospitality Service Assistant
Lodging Management Worker
NCACS Accredited

Kiamichi Technology Center
1004 Highway 2 North
Wilburton, OK. 74578
Culinary Arts
No regional accreditation

Meridian Technology Center
1312 S. Sangre Road
Stillwater, OK 74074-1841
Restaurant and Food/Beverage Service
No regional accreditation

Metro Technology Centers
1900 Springlake Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73111-5240
Restaurants, Food and Beverage Services
No regional accreditation

Northeast Technology Center
483 Airport Road
Pryor, OK 74362
Culinary Arts
NCACS Accredited

Northeastern State University
600 N. Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Hospitality and Tourism Management
NCACS Accredited

Pioneer Technology Center
2101 N. Ash St.
Ponca City, OK 74601-1110
Restaurant, Food and Beverage Services Management
Culinary Arts Management
Culinary Arts Assistant
Prep Cook
No regional accreditation

Platt College
3801 S Sheridan
Tulsa, OK 74145
Pastry Arts
Culinary Arts
Restaurant Management
ACCSC Accredited

Tulsa Community College
6111 E. Skelly Drive
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135
Hospitality and Gaming Operations
OSRHE Accredited

Tulsa Technology Center
6111 E. Skelly Drive
Tulsa, OK 74147-7200
918- 828-5000
Hospitality and Tourism
NCACS Accredited

Western Technology Center
621 Sooner Drive
Burns Flat, OK 73624
Restaurant, Food and Beverage Services
ACU Accredited

Online-based programs

American Culinary Federation
The ACF has over 200 chapters in the United States; its main campus is located in Florida
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL
Continuing Education
Chef Certification
Chef Educators
Food Safety Certification
ACFEFAC Accredited

The Art Institutes of Pittsburgh – Online Division
The Ai has over 40 campus locations across North America, plus this online campus
420 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Culinary Management
MSCHE Accredited

Ashworth College
430 Technology Pkwy
Norcross, GA
Professional Gourmet Cooking and Catering
Hotel and Restaurant Management
DETC Accredited

DeVry University
This University has 90 campus locations in 26 different states
One Tower Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Hospitality Management
HLC Accredited

eCornell is an online program and subsidiary of Cornell University, located in New York
950 Danby Road, Suite 150
Ithaca, NY
Leadership and Strategic Management
Project Leadership and Systems Design
Financial Management
Management Essentials
Human Resources Management
Hospitality and Foodservice Management
Certificate in plant-based nutrition
HRCI and PMI Approved

Johnson and Wales University
JWU has campuses in Providence, Charlotte, and North Miami; its largest campus is in Rhode Island
8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903
Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management
Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
NEASC Accredited

Le Cordon Bleu
The group of Le Cordon Bleu Schools have 17 campus locations in the United States
1 800 457-CHEF (2433)
B.A. Culinary Management
ACCSC, CCSC & ACICS Accredited

New England Culinary Institute
NECI has two campuses in Vermont; its main campus is in Montpelier
56 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Hospitality and Restaurant Management
ACCSC Accredited

Penn Foster Career School
925 Oak Street
Scranton, PA 18515
Hotel and Restaurant Management
DETC & CHEA Accredited

Sullivan University
SU has three campuses in Louisville, Lexington and Fort Knox. The main campus for its Global e-Learning program is located in Louisville
2100 Gardiner Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40205
Beverage Management
CCSACS & ACF Accredited

University of Phoenix
This University has campuses in over 40 states, and two locations in Canada
4602 East Elwood Street
Phoenix, AZ
Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
HLC Accredited

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