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Culinary Arts

A culinary arts student and instructor work in a kitchen at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute

Culinary Arts Program Summary
  • Line Cook Certification
  • Length: Eight weeks
  • Cost: FREE (if you receive SNAP, ATR, TAFDC or other benefits)*
  • In-person at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute (164 Race St., Holyoke)
  • Requirements: 18+ years old, Massachusetts resident, High School Diploma/HiSET/GED
  • After finishing the program, students will get resources to help find jobs in the culinary arts field
Culinary Arts Program Description

The culinary arts program teaches students to use methods of food preparation that show the high level of skill and professionalism needed for advancement in the culinary industry. Students must be at least 18 years old and provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination.

The culinary arts program covers topics such as: knife skills; preparation of soups, stocks, desserts, poultry, fish, and meat; culinary math and measurements; and moist/dry heat cooking methods.

All classes are in person at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute (164 Race St., Holyoke). Books, test fees, and uniforms are provided. Students must supply their own kitchen-safe shoes. Successful students will earn the HCC Line Cook Certification and will be eligible to take the ServSafe Manager exam.

Culinary Arts Program Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age 
  • Massachusetts resident
  • COVID vaccination

Interested? Please complete the Jump Start inquiry form here or call the Jump Start office at 413.552.2730.

*Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please call the Jump Start office for the most up to date information.

Aimee Funk

Program Director

Jump Start Program

Kittredge Center 322

413.552.2005 (Tel)

Amy Shaikh

Placement Assistant

Jump Start Program

Kittredge Center 322

413.552.2730 (Tel)