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Hospitality & Culinary Management

About the Program

Are you fascinated by food and cooking? Detail-oriented and able to multi-task? Serious about learning and gaining new skills? Looking for a challenging and creative field?  If you answer yes to these questions, Hospitality and Culinary Management may be a good fit for you.

The Hospitality and Culinary Management program will provide you with technical skills in food production and food operations and prepare you for managerial positions in the hospitality industry. Your career options include a position as a chef, cook, baker, pastry chef, supervisor or manager.

The program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree and several certificate options, including Pastry Chef Assistant, the latest addition to the program.

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Program Costs & Financial Aid

  • Tuition: $128 per credit hour (in-district for Fall 2022)
  • Estimated Tuition Cost per Semester: $1,536 
    (12 credit hours)

This program is eligible for financial aid.

Program Length

  • Certificate: 1 year (2 semesters)
  • Associate Degree: 24 months full-time (2 years)

Ask about credit for prior learning for professional experience you've gained in the field.

Learn about your classes.

Career & Salary Snapshot

  • Salary Range: $29,000 - $57,000 in Illinois and Lake County*
  • Career Outlook: Up to 7% growth in Illinois, 8% in Lake County between 2021 - 2026 for restaurant cooks**

Source: * ** EMSI

Types of Classes and Locations

  • Class format: Mostly in-person with a few course options online.
  • Campus: Grayslake, online, and soon at the Brae Loch Golf Club facility.

Career Opportunities

For many aspiring chefs, this is the right time to think about starting a culinary career. The restaurant industry is booming. As the second largest employer, behind only the government, the restaurant industry employs 14.5 million people, in both front-of-the-house and kitchen positions, according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). And both the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the NRA predict that this number will continue to grow over the next decade.

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Why study at CLC?

You will learn from instructors who have decades of industry experience in restaurants, hotels, country clubs, healthcare facilities and corporate dining service. Among the other reasons to choose CLC’s program are:

  • Our course scheduling gives students options that fit into busy lives.
  • We have had great success in job placement of graduates in Cook and Lake counties.
  • A convenient location—ours is the only culinary/hospitality program in Lake County.
  • An outstanding capstone learning experience—participating in all aspects of running Prairie, our student-managed restaurant.


Prairie Restaurant

Hospitality and Culinary Management students will showcase their skills in CLC's student-managed restaurant, Prairie, by preparing and serving lunch for the CLC community (while enrolled in HCM classes). Students will experience all facets of running a restaurant and prepare menu items that use locally grown and produced ingredients. The CLC community will have the opportunity to taste dishes that are typically served in upscale dining establishments.