Associate in Applied Science
There are many aspects to working in and managing a successful restaurant. This degree program prepares students for careers in restaurant management by educating them in the fundamental concepts, knowledge, and hands-on techniques of the restaurant industry.
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Restaurant management is not just about what happens in the kitchen. Students in this program will also study accounting, business concepts, hospitality management and marketing, and front of the house operations.
The program is accredited with Exemplary status by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC).
Students can get involved with the Heart of Illinois Professional Chefs Association (HOI Chefs), the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation.
General Manager, Front of the House Manager, Bar Manager, Dining Room Manager
if Full Time
63 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
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Based on 2022-23
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
ICC Class of 2011 (Culinary Arts) Director, Food and Nutrition Services, OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. A close friend of mine got me interested in pursuing my culinary degree at ICC. She would talk about all the amazing foods she made during lab classes and often…
We offer a world-class restaurant management education with a community college approach and price point. The program trains students in real-world, marketable skills. Our graduates can go anywhere in the world and find a job.Chef Charles Robertson, Culinary Program Coordinator
How Do I Get Into the Restaurant Management Program?
Channel your inner Wolfgang Puck or Guy Fieri and develop the skills to manage a restaurant. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- Experience working in the restaurant or hospitality industry is highly recommended.
- People skills, communication, and leadership are needed to guide a kitchen and staff.
What Can I Expect As a Restaurant Management Student?
- Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in various catering events, high-end fundraisers, and extracurricular activities to give them the experience needed to work in the restaurant industry.
- Learn in a state-of-the art environment designed to replicate a professional kitchen.
- Placement in an internship that matches the area of the industry in which the student would like to enter.
- Benefit from our high placement rate with local and national businesses.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.