The Culinary Institute of Charleston (CIC) responds to the expanding educational needs of one of the area’s largest industries. The $5.7 billion economic impact of tourism in the greater Charleston area includes 105,000 related jobs, according to the Center for Business Research of the Metro Charleston Chamber of Commerce. Within South Carolina, hospitality and culinary employment is significant. The economic impact of this industry continues to increase nationally and internationally. Education within this field offers a range of employment opportunities and career progression.
In culinary arts studies, CIC offers associate degrees in Culinary Arts Technology and Baking and Pastry Arts. Depending on the career focus, students can get a Culinary Arts Technology degree with a career path in Sports and Health Nutrition. CIC also offers certificates in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, Advanced Cake and Chocolate, Artisanal Foods, Culinary Manager and Restaurant Cooks. The culinary studies are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission.
In hospitality and tourism studies, CIC offers an associate degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and certificate programs in Event Management, Food and Beverage Operations, Advanced Beverage Service Management and Hotel Operations. The Associate in Applied Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.
Classes focus on quality in product and service. Hands-on training takes place within the modern CIC laboratories and through cooperative industry work experiences.
The Culinary Institute of Charleston at TTC provides students with the technical skill sets needed by our industry and community partners, and gives students viable options when seeking employment in this highly competitive field.