Culinary Arts

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Culinary Arts

  • Culinary Arts

Sheridan College
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Degree Options: AAS Certificate 

Do you aspire for a career in the culinary arts profession? NWCCD’s Culinary Arts program, offered at Sheridan College, is one of the leading programs in the region. Dedicated and highly qualified chef instructors, a full restaurant for you to gain real-world experience, and a dynamic curriculum that combines theory and hands-on learning will prepare you for success in the culinary arts field.


Industry Outlook

Opportunities abound across the foodservice industry. NWCCD Culinary Arts graduates have taken jobs in a variety of places, from Alaska to the Denver Broncos’ High Mile Stadium in Colorado. With the skills you learn in our student-run restaurant, the Wyoming Culinary Institute in Sheridan, Wyoming, you will be prepared to thrive in today’s culinary arts around the world. As demand for quality, healthy foods rises, you will have the ability to pursue industry opportunities locally, regionally, nationally, and even internationally. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts more than 146,500 new chef and head cook jobs will be added between 2016 and 2026, a 10% increase.


Careers and Opportunities

The demand for competent, well-trained cooks in today’s workforce is growing. The culinary arts profession is a fast-paced, ever-changing work environment. It also provides you with the opportunity to work anywhere in the world. We have had students continue their culinary education in Europe, as well as work in premier restaurants. You can join a culinary arts field like:


  • Head chef
  • Sauté cook
  • Food service manager
  • Cook
  • Culinary specialist
  • Sous chef
  • Baker
  • Food and beverage service
  • Food preparation worker

Research additional employment information by viewing this program’s gainful employment page.


There are three American Culinary Federation Executive Chefs in Wyoming—two are faculty members at NWCCD.


Our Program

Hands-on learning. Theoretical knowledge. Real-world application. Add in affordable costs that are a fraction of other culinary arts schools and the NWCCD Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science and Certificate of Completion program is a top choice for aspiring chefs, cooks and culinary arts professionals. Our Culinary Arts program is led by highly qualified instructors. Our instructors bring over 40 years of combined experience to the classroom and kitchen. You will learn classical and foundational methods to prepare food items, as well as study more contemporary methods and current, real-world applications. You will get to cook and enjoy all the delicious food while in class, too.


The NWCCD Culinary Arts program will help you gain industry relevant knowledge, certifications and credentials, enhancing your career opportunities and portfolio. You will have the opportunity to work in our Wyoming Culinary Institute, a student-run restaurant near Sheridan College’s campus. NWCCD also works closely with areas restaurants to provide our students jobs and internship opportunities, helping you graduate with real-world experience.


We have had a student continue her education in Florence, Italy, and another take a job at the Denver Broncos’ Mile High Stadium. Where will you go?


Faculty and Community

Our dedicated faculty at NWCCD will ensure you have the skills, credentials and knowledge to compete and excel in today’s bustling foodservice industry.  With two American Culinary Federation Executive Chefs teaching in our Culinary Arts program, we have some of the best faculty in culinary education today.


NWCCD’s strong relationships with regional foodservice providers and restaurants, present students numerous jobs and internships. Sheridan and surrounding cities across the tri-state region strongly support our student-run restaurant, the Wyoming Culinary Institute, which allows you to gain the experience you are looking for to launch your career.


Experience our student-created cuisine, at the Wyoming Culinary Institute, on your next visit to Sheridan!

Meet Our Faculty


Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) is a multi-campus community college serving Sheridan, Campbell, and Johnson Counties.

Sheridan College

1 Whitney Way
Sheridan, WY 82801
Phone: 307-675-0505
Phone: 888-675-0505

Gillette College

300 West Sinclair
Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: 307-681-6000
Phone: 888-681-6070