Culinary Arts: Food Service FAQ's
Just the Facts
Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 2 Semesters, 1 Summer
American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s Accrediting Commission
Average Class Size: 30
Program Capacity: 70
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus
What makes this program unique compared to other Culinary Arts programs?
The Iowa Western’s Culinary Arts program is housed in the newly constructed Student Center, and its classrooms are fully equipped with stadium-style seating and a high-tech demonstration kitchen. Our students gain valuable hands-on experience in preparing their own menus and executing a mock restaurant for Iowa Western students and staff each Fall and Spring. In addition, our students take a trip to Chicago in May for the National Restaurant Association trade show.
Is this program accredited?
Yes, the Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation.
Are there additional fees for this program?
Students have to purchase a knife set and uniforms, totaling around $1,000, in their first semester.
Are scholarships available?
Iowa Western awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships each year. Visit our Scholarship Page for more information.
What are the admissions requirements?
All Iowa Western students are required to submit an Application for Admission, complete placement testing, and submit official copies of high school and college transcripts. For more information on admissions requirements, visit our Admissions page.