December 7, 2010

Owens Community College Unveils Northwest Ohio’s First Baking and Pastry Certificate Program

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents with aspirations of becoming a professional baker or pastry chef will now have the opportunity to begin their educational journey at Owens Community College as the academic institution’s Department of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality unveils a new baking and pastry certificate program. Beginning Spring Semester 2011, the new academic program will be offered on the Toledo-area Campus.

“Owens Community College’s Department of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality is excited to expand our academic curriculum specific to the culinary arts concentration area and offer this region’s first baking and pastry certificate program,” said Tekla Madaras, Owens Chair of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality. “The popularity of the hospitality industry has grown immensely within the last decade as result of extremely popular cooking shows and celebrity chefs that can be found on such television networks as the Food Network and the Travel Channel. The new baking and pastry certificate program provides a higher educational opportunity for individuals to follow their passion and career aspirations within this growing field.”

Owens’ certificate in baking and pastry will require 28 credit hours of coursework, which includes quantity food preparation, recipe management, basic nutrition, baking and pastry, essentials of supervision, and purchasing and cost control, among other academic curriculum.

The new program is designed to prepare students for various employment opportunities within the hospitality industry. Students will develop strong knowledge and array of proficiencies specific to baking and p‚tisserie skills including bread production, classic pastry production, design and creation of chocolate and sugar showpieces, creative cake decorating and fine p‚tisserie. Upon program completion, individuals will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to work in establishments such as retail bakeries, fine dining restaurants and hotels, upscale pastry and bake shops, commercial baking and entrepreneurships, among other opportunities.

In addition to the new baking and pastry certificate, the Department of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality offers associate’s degrees and certificates in culinary arts and hospitality management.

For additional information about Owens’ new baking and pastry certificate program, call (567) 661-7214 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7214.

Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit