Couple Questions about the Baking and Pastry Arts: Degree or Certificate

Joined May 17, 2016
I'm just about finished with my sophomore year of high-school and I decided that it's about time I start looking into colleges. I have my eyes on Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas, TX mainly because their baking program looks really great and it's not too far from where I live (about 45 minutes). However, there are a few questions I have that I just can't find the answers to online. So, if anybody could answer any of them, or give me advice on finding the answer than that would be greatly appreciated!

1. Should I go with an Associates Degree or Certificate?

Personally, I'm leaning more towards the certificate for three reasons, the time, money, and courses. From what I've read, certificates don't require any Gen ed courses and they allow you to get straight to working on what you came in to do. It only takes about a year which also means you're only paying for 1 year of college. I can't get much information on Associates degree's but that leads to my next question.

2. How would I go about finding gen ed courses needed for an associates degree?

This is probably one of the hardest things for me to find out right now. No matter what I do, none of the colleges I look at seem to have their gen ed courses listed, only the primaries. I'm almost 100% sure associates degree's require you to take gen ed classes, so if I actually want to consider it, I'd like to know what I'd need to do so I'm not going in thinking I'll learn how to cook and end up having to waste a huge chunk of time having to learning something completely irrelevant to my degree.
Joined Oct 10, 2005
O.k., why a degree? Is it your intention to work in the hospitality industry?

If so, then do that first, work a bit. A year if possible, 6 mths min. If you like it--the work, the hours, the pay, THEN start looking at colleges.

Believe me, you don't want to become a freshly minted culinary school graduate with 60k in student loans, only to find that the working hours and pay are not what you expected.
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