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Culinary Arts Schools in Kansas

Tablecloths are not always needed for dining in Kansas, but wet wipes to remove the barbecue sauce from your fingers usually help. Students attending culinary schools in Kansas can learn their craft and more in a state that's serious about its barbecue. Many Kansas food festivals revolve around the state's obsession, such as the Wichita Rib Fest or the Great American Barbecue Festival. Other events include the Greek Food Festival, now in its 51st year, the Gingerbread House Festival, and the Midwest Beer Fest. From Topeka to Junction City and from Overland Park to Salina, Kansas cooking is about simple, locally-sourced ingredients and time-honored recipes, many of which have been passed down through generations of home cooks and chefs. Ham hock and beans, crisp fried chicken and made-from-scratch desserts, such as rhubarb or blackberry pie, are staples of this hearty Midwestern cuisine. Restaurants in the state's largest metro area (Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.) go beyond slow-cooked meats, with a line-up including Spanish tapas bars and Indian eateries. Wichita is full of unusual culinary treasures, such as duck-fat french fries, elk rib-eye and yes, peanut butter and bacon burgers.

Career Planning for Students of Kansas Culinary Schools

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, head cooks and chefs working in Kansas earned a mean annual wage of $35,710 in 2013. As of 2014, 9 percent of Kansas residents worked in the food and beverage industry, and the National Restaurant Association forecasts the creation of almost 11,500 new jobs within the next decade. A degree in the culinary arts, while not essential, can give you an edge in the restaurant world. Many successful chefs started their careers with formal training, so why not follow suit and select your favorite from the list of culinary schools in Kansas below? It may just be time to start chopping, dicing and julienning your way toward a culinary career.

Additional Resources for Students at Kansas Culinary Schools
Kansas Sampler Foundation: 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine
Wichita Eagle: Restaurant reviews and restaurant scene blog
National Restaurant Association: Kansas Restaurant Industry at a Glance
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS, 2013

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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef, Project Runway.
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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).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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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.
  • Profiled in many publications such as The Boston Globe, Fox Business, and  Inside Higher Ed.
  • Founding member of the National Home Study Council in 1926 (now DETC).
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
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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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Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

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  • Ranked #18 Best Education Schools by U.S. News and World Report in 2014.
  • Established in 1918 with the mission, “to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally.”
  • The first major research university to offer an online M.A.  in teaching program.
  • Offers certificate through doctoral programs in teaching, counseling, and more.
  • All programs taught with the guiding principles of leadership, learning, accountability, and diversity.
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  • Providing accredited online courses and degree programs since 1987.
  • A military-friendly school, it ensures that service members, their spouses and veterans can maximize their military education benefits.
  • Students can customize monthly payments to fit their budgets and lifestyle.
  • Program and course tuition is all-inclusive: textbooks, learning materials, and academic support are covered in the cost.
  • Alumni can enroll in any future program at a reduced rate.
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ITT Technical Institute , Online (campus option available)
  • Through an agreement with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, its Yellow Ribbon Program provides tuition contributions to eligible students at a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Offers career-focused, degree programs to over 70,000 students at over 140 ITT Technical Institutes in 38 states.
  • Classes are offered year-round, typically in the daytime and evening. Online courses can be accessed anywhere, 24 hours a day. 
  • Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. 
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  • A private, Christian, liberal arts university founded in 1905 and open to students of any faith.
  • Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Average class size is 20 students.
  • 97% of students receive financial aid, with the average freshman receiving $10,000.
  • Offers over 25 undergraduate degree programs.
  • Has approximately 5,000 students; 60% female and 40% male.
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  • Ranked among the top 50 Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • 75% of undergraduate classes have fewer than 27 students, with a student to teacher ratio of 12:1.
  • More than 40 endowed scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Offers more than 180 majors and programs through 11 schools and colleges.
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
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  • Ranked as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church with the intent to provide a distinctive, Christ-centered college education for men and women. 
  • Its location in Greenville, Illinois, gives students opportunities for outreach, fun, hands-on-learning, and civic engagement.
  • Offers over 50 undergraduate majors as well as adult and graduate programs available online or at partnership locations.
     
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  • Ranked as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church with the intent to provide a distinctive, Christ-centered college education for men and women. 
  • Its location in Greenville, Illinois, gives students opportunities for outreach, fun, hands-on-learning, and civic engagement.
  • Offers over 50 undergraduate majors as well as adult and graduate programs available online or at partnership locations.
     
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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Potential students may preview a free, one-week mini course to get an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
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  • A private, co-ed college founded in 1821 and located in downtown Washington, D.C.
  • Was ranked 52 in U.S News’ 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities.
  • Student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 55.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Distinguished alumni include Senator Harry Reid, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and actress Courteney Cox.
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  • Ranked among the 2015 top 40 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), with specific programmatic accreditation.
  • 14 campuses across Florida, with online options as well as off-site campuses in Shanghai, China and San Marcos, Nicaragua.
  • Founded in 1977, with a current student population of approximately 13,000.
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Other Kansas Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
Butler County Community College El Dorado A.A.S. Hotel Management
American Institute of Baking Manhattan Baking Fundamentals
Kansas State University Manhattan Hotel and Restaurant Management
Johnson County Community College Overland Park Chef Apprenticeship