Program Description

If you want to master the art of cooking in our new, state-of-the-art learning centers in the Great Plains Culinary Institute, then our Culinary/Hospitality program is perfect for you. Our learning spaces are designed to simulate the type of spaces consistent with industry standards. You will be well prepared for a successful, rewarding career.

Our program is four full-time terms with a majority of our classes offered during the day to allow you to work in the food service industry during nights and weekends. You will gain hands-on, practical experience in Course Restaurant, the ultimate working classroom. Students work in all facets of the restaurant including preparing, cooking, serving and hosting. We offer three focus areas for you to specialize in:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Hospitality Management
  • Culinary Communications

If you are in the Hospitality Management focus, you may receive your diploma from the National Restaurant Association Hospitality Education Foundation. You must complete the designated NRA courses, pass the NRA course finals with a 75% and complete the required work experience.

Awards Offered: A.A.S. Degree / Certificate / Diploma
Locations: Lincoln
Formats: In-Person
Start: Fall / Spring / Summer
Schedule: Full-Time
Estimated Total Cost
$9,599.50 Associate of Science
$5,163.50 Diploma
$2,523.50 Certificate

You can start the Culinary/Hospitality program in Fall, Spring or summer terms. Follow these steps to finish your application:

  1. Want to learn more about SCC? Come see how SCC will help you achieve Your Path to Possible! Schedule a campus visit!
  2. Need help exploring career opportunities or navigating the admissions process? Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.
  3. Ready to apply? Complete an Application for Admission.
  4. Submit ACT, SAT, Next Generation Accuplacer, or Accuplacer test scores (reading and math) or official college transcripts showing completion of post-secondary coursework in English and math to the Admissions Office at any SCC location.

Special Program Requirements

  • All Culinary/Hospitality students must obtain a Lincoln-Lancaster County Food Handlers permit.
  • You are required to purchase a set of professional knives, professional uniform and appropriate shoes.
  • You are responsible for your own transportation to off-campus and co-op learning sites.

You’re a Good Fit

Our Culinary/Hospitality program prepares you for a fast-paced career in this industry. You will be a successful if you:

  • are detail oriented and able to work on a team
  • like variety – no two days are alike
  • possess the ability to multitask efficiently
  • have the endurance to stand an entire shift if needed
  • thrive in high stress environments
  • are willing to accept criticism and adjust your style if necessary
  • are creative with your recipes and presentation
  • are passionate about serving others


If you want a rewarding career where no two days are alike, then the culinary/hospitality field is for you. Our most successful alumni are dedicated and driven by helping others as well as creatively inspired by working with food. If you have several years food service experience combined with a degree in hospitality, restaurant or food service management, you will have the best job opportunities. Our graduates report an average starting salary of $31,824. Career options include:

  • Baker
  • Cake Decorator
  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Dietary Manager or Dietary Tech
  • Dining Supervisor or Dining Associate
  • Executive Pastry Chef
  • Grill Cook
  • Line Chef and Line Cook
  • Manager or Assistant Manager
  • Sous Chef

State Licensure or Certification Requirements

States where educational requirements are met by this program’s curriculum – Nebraska.

Students who complete this program may, on a voluntary basis, receive the American Culinary Federation’s (AFC) certification. This certification is recognized nationwide. More information may be found at the American Culinary Federation’s website.

Other States may have additional educational requirements, and SCC has not made a determination of whether or not this program’s curriculum meets the educational requirements of any other State.


The program is accredited by The American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission.

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State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution

Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution (NC-SARA) institution. As such, SCC is unable to offer online or distance courses to students in the following areas at this time: American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report (PDF).

For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact