Food Service Production

Food Service Production video

Program Number: 31-303-2
School Year: 2015-2016
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus*: Fond du Lac

Program Description

Moraine Park’s Food Service Production program provides students with hands-on experience and skills in a broad range of cooking techniques and preparation methods as well as training in baking and work environment safety and sanitation.

Graduates of the program can directly transfer their credits into Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts associate of applied science degree if they decide to continue their education.

There is a high demand for graduates in areas such as hospital food service, school and college food service, food contracting companies, the health care industry, retirement communities, and residential care facilities.

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply food safety and sanitation practices to food preparation and service.
  • Apply multiple cooking methods in the preparation of meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, potatoes, soups, sauces and bakery.
  • Apply nutritional principles to the preparation of food.
  • Make decisions related to the preparation of meat, fish, poultry and other food products.
  • Apply customer sales and service techniques to food service.

Career Opportunities

  • Institutional Cook
  • Restaurant Host/Hostess
  • Cook, School Cafeteria
  • Cook Apprentice (Hotel/Restaurant)
  • Assistant Cook
  • Baker/Deli Assistant
  • Dietary Aide

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

Gainful Employment

The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

Gainful Employment Data

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
316-102 Culinary Principles 3
316-147 Sanitation and Safety 2
316-160 Baking 2
316-187 Food Production for Cold Food - Salads 2
316-188 Food Production for Cold Food - Appetizers and Sandwiches 2
316-189 Food Production for Meat, Fish and Poultry 2
316-190 Food Production for Hot Sandwiches, Deli and Short-Order Cookery 2
804-360 Occupational Mathematics 1 2
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 20
Term 2
316-121 Nutrition 2
316-151 Fundamentals of Meat Analysis 3
316-181 Customer Sales and Service 1
316-183 Food Production for Vegetables and Potatoes 2
316-184 Food Production for Pastas, Grains and Breakfast Cookery 2
316-185 Food Production for Stocks and Soups 2
316-186 Food Production for Sauces and Speciality Soups 2
801-310 Occupational Communication 2
 - OR - 
801-136 English Composition 1 3
 - OR - 
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
Total 16 (or 17 if student chooses 801-136 or 801-196)
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 36 (or 37 if student chooses 801-136 or 801-196)

Exit Assessment

A pre/post test is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

Note: Students must purchase a uniform and knife set for this program.

If associate degree General Education course options are chosen, higher assessment test scores will be required.  Please contact your Academic Advisor for assistance.

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