Culinary Arts

Our world loves to eat, and you love to cook! Join us in the kitchen and become a Life.Changing. Chef!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program 7 Terms (21 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)



Savor your education as you explore every aspect of cooking and baking at Indian Hills. Plunge elbow deep into fine dining techniques and cooking labs, but don’t forget, taste testing is crucial to a perfect dish.  When the seasonings have settled and your final masterpiece has been devoured, you’ll be ready to take on the fine dining restaurant, hotel, club, resort or bakery of your choice.

  • State-of-the-art kitchen facilities
  • Award-winning Instructors
  • American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certificate Preparation
  • Accredited by the ACF

So go ahead, get some flour on your nose and breathe in the heavy scent of your education as it simmers on the stove. It’s going to be Life.Changing!


What you will learn:
  • Safety and sanitation skills to use in the foodservice industry
  • Variety of different food preparations  on both the baking and chef side
  • Professionalism
  • Ability to network with other chefs throughout the country
  • Supervisory skills

Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out the Culinary Arts Program details below to see how our program at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. Career as an entry-level Chef or Baker, entry-level Manager Trainee, or a Prep Cook/Pastry Chef!


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 Graduation Numbers 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Total Graduates (1st year) 1 1 - - 2
Total Graduates (2nd year) 6 6 8 2 6


Enrollment Fall Winter Spring Summer
2018-19 29 26 28 17
2017-18 18 18 20 11
2016-17 39 29 21 7
2015-16 52 42 36 16
2014-15 59 47 38 23



jesseJesse Juran, Program Director, Culinary Arts
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5195 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5195