Baking and Pastry Associate Degree | Lackawanna College

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Baking and Pastry Arts

An associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from Lackawanna College will prepare students for success in the booming professional baking, pastry and confection industry. Students enrolled in our Baking and Pastry associate degree program will learn to master classical and contemporary skills and techniques needed to thrive in the business.

Study will be given to kitchen and business skills specific to the industry so that students can demonstrate proficiency in the creative and managerial elements of being professional bakers and pastry chefs.

What You Learn from an Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts

Prospective students who are considering earning an associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts should be excited by the fact that the program involves education in food and food preparation rather than the elements of a traditional major. However, mastering Baking and Pastry Arts is as much a discipline as any other subject taught at Lackawanna College. This degree also includes components of business, marketing, and health.

For example, after completing the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Prepare students for a career in the professional baking, pastry, chocolate, and confection industries.
  • Understand the role the patisserie plays in the professional foodservice industry.
  • Apply current health and nutritional topics to classical and contemporary recipes.
  • Apply the theories, skills, and values of the professional baking, pastry, and confection kitchen to segments of the industry.
  • Merge business and technical skills in order to create desirable products and services that yield maximum profits.
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What Does Our Baking and Pastry Associate Degree Involve?

Lackawanna’s instructors impart these skills through a balanced mix of courses that cover subjects such as:

  • Food science theory
  • Hospitality law
  • Food safety
  • Baking principles
  • Hospitality management
  • Breads
  • Confections
  • Desserts

Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts Careers

Our associate degree in baking and pastry arts prepares students for careers in the professional baking, pastry, chocolate and confection industries.

Lines of work that could await graduates of this program include:

  • Restaurateur
  • Executive pastry chef
  • Wedding cake designer
  • Chocolatier
  • Caterer
  • Hotel food preparer
  • Independent baker
  • Food stylist

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists 2019 median salary for bakers at $27,700. No matter where bakers and pastry chefs end up working, their jobs will be true labors of love. Performing the job well requires working with one’s hands, and often outside of “normal” hours, including in evenings and on weekends.

If baking and preparing pastries and confections is your calling, the job may never feel like work.

Enroll in Our Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts

Lovers of baking and the art of dessert design are encouraged to apply now to Lackawanna College’s associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts program. Education in these areas will allow passionate amateur bakers to apply their passions to the working world and really make a difference in the lives of people who appreciate baked goods and confections. An associate degree from Lackawanna is the most logical place to start.

Apply now to the program using our inquiry form. We look forward to seeing you in our classes!


Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.