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Culinary Schools in Milwaukee

Graduates of Milwaukee culinary schools have a vibrant restaurant and food scene awaiting them. Indeed, nothing says Milwaukee more than great beer, crispy brats and spicy mustard, thanks to the German and Polish immigrants who left their mark on the local food scene years ago. Still, Milwaukee is home to a variety of ethnic foods, such as Greek, Indian, and Korean cuisines, and its downtown area features numerous hip and upscale restaurants. There’s also the regular Friday Fish Fry, the annual Food & Froth Festival (featuring more than 200 different beers), and the summer Polish Fest celebrating Polish culture and food.

Restaurant Jobs and Culinary School: Milwaukee Information

It's not necessary to have a degree in the culinary arts to succeed in the competitive restaurant business, which is all about hard work and taking advantage of opportunities. However, a strong culinary education can give you an edge over other applicants. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the mean annual wages earned by head cooks and chefs working in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metropolitan area were $40,980 as of May 2011. In 2010, the National Restaurant Association listed almost 12,000 eating and dining places in the state of Wisconsin. Additionally, the NRA forecasts job growth of just below 7 percent in the next decade. Have a look at the Milwaukee culinary schools listed below--they may help you start cooking your way toward a bright and food-centered future.

Additional Resources for Students at Milwaukee Culinary Institutes
OnMilwaukee on the city’s dining, including a fish fry guide
Bureau of Labor Statistics information on chef and head cook careers

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Milwaukee

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  • Its career-focused online and hybrid programs are designed to address the skills gap in America.
  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
  • Offers over 150 self-paced, career-relevant programs that are connected to a supportive 24/7 online community of students and faculty.
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  • Founding member of the National Home Study Council in 1926 (now DETC).
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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Other Milwaukee, Wisconsin Culinary Schools

School Name Programs Offered
Milwaukee Area Technical College Culinary Arts