Degree and certificate programs
Chefs • Bakers • Caterers • Restaurant Managers • Hotel Supervisors
Prepare for a career with the second largest private-sector employer in the United States. LLCC’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts programs offer students the same learning experience at a fraction of the cost of other culinary schools. Classes are small and taught by skilled industry professionals and/or chefs in a state-of-the-art facility. Students experience operating a real restaurant/kitchen in LLCC’s own Bistro Verde Cafe, which is open to the public.
Degrees & Certs
LLCC offers the following associate degree and certificate programs to successfully equip you for a career in the fields of hospitality and culinary arts.
- Food Service Manager Certification by ServSafe – embedded in HSP 215
- Food Handler Certification by ServSafe – embedded in CLA 100
- Food Allergen Training by ServSafe – embedded in HSP 116
- Alcohol Training by ServSafe – embedded in HSP 145
- National Restaurant Association Certified Restaurant Professional*
- National Restaurant Association Certified Restaurant Supervisor*
* In addition to related coursework, must provide record of qualifying hours worked in the industry to be eligible to take the exam.
For the 2023-2024 academic year (fall 2023, spring 2024 and summer 2024), culinary arts (CLA) classes, except CLA 100 and CLA 260, have a tuition rate of $205.50 per credit hour for in-district residents. Hospitality (HSP) classes, CLA 100, CLA 260 and all other classes in the program have a standard in-district rate of $137 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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Questions and tours
Ready to enroll?
Schedule a meeting with Darla! Grab 45 minutes with us, and we will work with you to understand our programs, admission requirements and steps to enroll! These well-paying careers need trained workers now and in the future. Contact Darla Cochran, workforce enrollment specialist, at 217-786-2407.
Note: After booking, you will receive an email and text confirmation. Please make sure to check your email spam/junk folders for the confirmation. Depending on your spam filter settings, your conformation may have been delivered there.
Bistro Verde café
Join us at Bistro Verde, LLCC's student run café! In the fall enjoy Bistro-to-Go with takeout soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods, coffee drinks and smoothies. In the spring, we offer a full-service dining experience with meals prepared and served by LLCC culinary and hospitality students. Visit the Bistro Verde page for instructions on ordering.