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Food Service Production
Program Code: 31-303-2

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Technical Diploma: 36 Weeks, 27 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

As a cook, you will prepare, season and cook soups, meats, vegetables, desserts, sauces, side dishes, salads and other foodstuffs. You may prepare one type of specialized food or be responsible for preparing all foods served in a given establishment.

Program Description

The Food Service Production program is designed to prepare you for entry-level employment in the food service industry wherever food is produced in quantity. You could use this basic program to advance to the Culinary Arts associate degree program.

You will take your food service courses in a businesslike environment within a food service facility which allows both instructional and operational services to be simultaneous.

Note: You are required to have a uniform, kitchen shoes, and knife set.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements


  • ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and ACUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 83 or greater or completion of equivalent Program Prep course is required prior to registering for core classes.
  • Culinary Arts uniform fitting and handbook review session (2 hours) required prior to starting kitchen courses.

Advanced Standing/Placement

Advanced standing/placement may be earned in the program by transferring courses completed at other postsecondary schools or by completing challenge examinations of acquired skills designed to evaluate the applicant’s proficiency in an area. The challenge examinations may require both practicum and theory testing. Students who are granted advanced standing credit will need to complete only those additional courses necessary to complete the course and credit requirements of the program.

FVTC Employability Essentials
  • Adapt to change.
  • Think critically and creatively
  • Work collaboratively
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully
  • Act responsibly

Program Outcomes

The Food Service Production Technical Diploma graduate will demonstrate:

  • Entry-level food production skills for a variety of culinary operations.
  • Communication skills necessary to maintaining effective workplace dialogue with diverse internal and external customers.
  • Entry-level computer skills applicable to hospitality operations.
  • Entry-level problem-solving skills essential to successful employment.

The Food Service Production graduate will obtain National Restaurant Association (NRA) SERVSAFE sanitation certification and American Heart Association (AHA) First Aid, CPR & AED Certification.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Food service, business, accounting, keyboarding, English, food service co-op, and math.

Contact Us

Chef Jeff Igel
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound Drive
P.O. Box 2277
Appleton, WI 54912-2277
(920) 735-5643

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program