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Food Service Management

Associate Degree Program

If you have a love and a passion for food, Delaware Tech can prepare you for a successful career in food service management.If you have a love and a passion for food, Delaware Tech can prepare you for a successful career in food service management. Our program meets the highest standards for program curriculum, staffing and facilities -- the same standards met by top programs all over the country. Our talented and caring faculty and administrators bring real-world experiences from the culinary industry to the classroom.  As a result, we are able to offer the first and only accredited associate degree program in Food Service Management in Delaware, awarded by the Accreditation Commission of the American Culinary Federation in January 2006.

This program is offered at the Stanton Campus.

What You Can Do

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for positions such as:

  • Assistant manager positions
  • Kitchen manager
  • Front of the house manager
  • Prep cook
  • Line cook
  • Dining room shift supervisors
What You Will Earn

Competitive starting salaries range from $25,000 – $40,000

What You Will Learn

Program Graduate Competencies

The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Apply safe and correct knife, tool and equipment handling.
  2. Practice basic principles of food sanitation and safety and apply them to the work environment.
  3. Perform procedures to correctly purchase, receive, and store food and non-food items.
  4. Apply principles of food preparation to produce a variety of hot and cold food products within realistic time constraints.
  5. Apply the fundamentals of baking science to the preparation of a variety of products.
  6. Evaluate styles of leadership and judge options for facility design, menu planning, cost controls and nutrient requirements.
  7. Perform dining room service functions and quality customer service.
  8. Categorize alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and explain laws and procedures related to responsible alcohol service.
  9. Apply principles and implement fiscal operational systems to include inventory control, labor control, basic accounting, financial statement and corrective measures for repair of faulty equipment or facilities systems.

Core Curriculum Competencies

The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
  3. Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
  5. Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
  6. Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
  7. Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.

Pursuing A Bachelor’s Degree?

This is a Connected Degree program that enables you to complete your associate degree and then transfer to a four-year degree program as a junior. Check out our Connected Degree with Johnson and Wales University or see an academic counselor for details!