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Create the baked goods people love.

Make everyone’s life a little sweeter.

Bakers and pastry chefs create breads, pastries and desserts that taste as wonderful as they look. They combine the math and science of baking with imagination and creativity to create desserts, baked goods, and specialty sugars.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

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Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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Baking and Pastry

Create the baked goods people love.

Make everyone’s life a little sweeter.

Bakers and pastry chefs create breads, pastries and desserts that taste as wonderful as they look. They combine the math and science of baking with imagination and creativity to create desserts, baked goods, and specialty sugars.

Career Facts

$23,140

Median salary for Bakers

2%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$60,549

Median salary for Bakery Managers

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Overview

Overview

Baker’s one-year Baking and Pastry Arts program teaches you how to create confections and baked goods, preparing you for employment in pastry and bakery shops, restaurants, institutions, hotels, resorts, and commercial bakeries.

Our curriculum combines classroom study, extensive hands-on training in our baking and pastry labs, and work experience. You learn how to develop and prepare breads, pies, pastries, cookies, petit fours, specialty breads and pastries, fruit bars, tortes, centerpieces, wedding cakes, and international desserts.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to begin your career in any one of a number of positions, such as assistant pastry chef, assistant baker, head baker, lead baker, wedding cake decorator or pastry chef.

Course Information

Course Information

Baker’s one-year Baking and Pastry Arts program teaches you how to create confections and baked goods, preparing you for employment in pastry and bakery shops, restaurants, institutions, hotels, resorts, and commercial bakeries.

Our curriculum combines classroom study, extensive hands-on training in our baking and pastry labs, and work experience. You learn how to develop and prepare breads, pies, pastries, cookies, petit fours, specialty breads and pastries, fruit bars, tortes, centerpieces, wedding cakes, and international desserts.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to begin your career in any one of a number of positions, such as assistant pastry chef, assistant baker, head baker, lead baker, wedding cake decorator or pastry chef.Baking and Pastry – Certificate

Requirements59 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
BPA 111

6 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the basic principles of baking. Through hands-on experience students learn the identification of bakery tools and equipment, proper weighing and scaling of ingredients, and basic mixing methods. Students will learn to prepare basic breads, doughs, and starters along with choux products and pies. This course lays a foundation for the more advanced techniques presented in later coursework.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CUL 101, C or better in CUL 131B
Baking Techniques I 6
BPA 112

6 Quarter Hours

Continues from BPA 111 and focuses on the production and theory of baked goods such as flat breads, hard crusted breads, laminated doughs, puff pastry and specialty breads in a lab and lecture format. This course continues a foundation for the more advanced techniques presented in later coursework.

Corequisite(s):
BPA 111
Baking Techniques II 6
BPA 151

6 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the basic techniques used in pastry production. Through extensive hands-on labs, students will focus on the preparations involved with cake batters, foams, mousses, fillings, meringues, buttercreams, and Bavarian creams. Students will also focus on assembly and decoration of European cakes, basic glazing and icing techniques, syrup preparation and shortdough applications.

Prerequisite(s):
BPA 112, C or better in CUL 115A
Pastry Techniques I 6
BPA 152

6 Quarter Hours

Provides a focused, hands-on, comprehensive study of the techniques used in the production of International pastries, contemporary cakes, and restaurant cakes. Students will also utilize techniques in the design and layout of Charlottes and preparation of entremets and bombes.

Corequisite(s):
BPA 151
Pastry Techniques II 6
BPA 153

6 Quarter Hours

Expands on the concepts and skills from Pastry Techniques II, with a continuation of techniques used for further applications. Students will focus on the design and assembly of wedding cakes, showpiece cakes and special occasion cakes as well as the building methods and techniques used for showpiece cakes. Students will be introduced to the advanced skills used in sugar work, rolled, colored and formed gum paste, fondant and modeling chocolate pastes.

Prerequisite(s):
BPA 152
Pastry Techniques III 6
BPA 251A

6 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes preparing students in a working production environment. Students will focus on plated desserts for restaurant and banquet work, hot and cold desserts, trios, deconstructed desserts, samplers and ice creams. Students will develop proper plating and service selections, color, texture, height and focal point balance. Plate presentations of simple and complex desserts will be examined.

Prerequisite(s):
BPA 151, BPA 152
Cafe and Restaurant Production 6
CUL 101

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the food service industry and program expectations. Students will discuss the social, historical, and cultural forces that have affected the food service industry. Responsible alcohol service will also be emphasized along with the certification testing (TIPs). Additionally, students will begin understanding the impact of sustainability measures in the food service industry. Minimum grade of ‘C’ or better is required.

Introduction to Food Service and Hospitality 2
CUL 115A

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the math skills needed to calculate percentages, ratios, the metric system, conversion factors, yield tests, recipe conversion and recipe costing as they relate to the food service industry. Students will develop projections and analyze costs in yield tests and recipe pre-costing.

Culinary Math 4
CUL 131B

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to food production practices governed by changing federal and state regulations. Topics to be covered include prevention of food-borne illness through proper handling of potentially hazardous foods, HACCP procedures, legal guidelines, kitchen safety, facility sanitation, and guidelines for safe food preparation, storing, and reheating. This course utilizes the National Restaurant Association ServSafe® materials, prepares for and culminates with the administration of the National Restaurant Association ServSafe® Certification examination.

Food Safety 2
CUL 141

2 Quarter Hours

Examines the basic concepts and principles of nutrition. In this course, students learn about basic nutrients, food labeling, nutritional principles, current issues in nutrition, and the application of nutritional principles to menu development. Students will also be involved in writing and nutritional analysis of recipes.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BPA 111 or C or better in CUL 151
Nutrition 2
ENG 101

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I 4
FBM 221

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to all aspects of menu development. Students will develop menus start to finish, including, analyzing a business, creating a concept that is appropriate to a theme of a restaurant, and developing a menu appropriate to the theme. Students will utilize industry specific mathematics to cost out menus, and analyze existing menus. Students will learn to analyze a balanced menu based on food cost, labor cost, operating expenses, and extensive market research.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BPA 152 or C or better in CUL 153 or C or better in FBM 261
Menu Planning and Analysis 4
MTH 108

4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application 4
WRK 291B

1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate’s employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies 1
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 59
Program Description

Program Description

The one-year Baking and Pastry Arts program certificate is designed to prepare graduates for employment in retail deli-bakeries, fine dining restaurants, pastry and bakery shops, commercial baking, and hotel and resort bake shops. The program combines a combination of extensive classroom hands-on training and classroom study to prepare students in the baking and pastry field. Successful graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce and obtain positions such as assistant pastry chef, assistant baker, head baker, lead baker, wedding cake decorator, and pastry chef. Students receive extensive training in the development and preparation of breads, pies, pastries, cookies, specialty breads, and pastries, fruit bars, tortes, and international desserts. In addition, the curriculum also includes classes in management, safety and sanitation and nutrition.

Accreditation

Accreditation

The Baker College of Muskegon Baking and Pastry program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC).

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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Locations

Locations

The Baking and Pastry program is available at the following campuses:

Culinary Institute – Muskegon
Culinary Institute – Port Huron
Muskegon
Port Huron

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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