Cake Decorating Classes Offered in Tampa, FL with School Info
There is only 1 school within 50 miles of Tampa that has cake decorating courses, but 2 other schools have culinary arts programs that may provide some cake decorating training. Read an overview of these programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.
Comparison of Cake Decorating Programs in Tampa, FL
Manatee Technical Institute (MTI) is the only school in the Tampa area that offers a baking and pastry arts program. MTI offers technical training in a variety of career and academic programs that can be completed in six months to a year and a half. Pinellas Technical Education Center (PTEC) has two campuses in the Tampa area that offer a commercial foods and culinary arts program. The Clearwater campus is 19 miles from downtown and the St. Petersburg Campus is 26 miles from downtown. Erwin Technical Center is part of the Hillsboro County public school system and the district's 5-campus Hi-TEC school network. As part of their technical training programs, Erwin students provide services to the public in areas such as barbering, computer repair and culinary arts.
|Manatee Technical Institute||Pinellas Technical Education Center||Erwin Technical Center|
|Programs Offered||Baking and Pastry Arts Program||Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts Program||Commercial Cooking and Culinary Arts Program|
|Related Programs||Culinary Arts/ Commercial Foods Program||N/A||N/A|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2011)||1,714*||2,870 for both Clearwater and St. Petersburg campuses*||659*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Midsize City||Large City|
|Tuition & Fees 2011-2012||$3,830*||$3,753*||$2,887*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2011)||55%*|| 87% at Clearwater, |
72% at St. Petersburg*
|Acceptance Rate (2011)||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2011)||77% for full time students; 60% for part-time students*|| 73% at Clearwater; |
90% at St. Petersburg*
|Graduation Rate (2011)||70%*|| 97% at Clearwater; |
67% at St. Petersburg*
|85% (1% transfer-out rate)*|
|Relevant Facilities||N/A||N/A||Commercially designed kitchen and bakery area|
|Distance from Downtown||36.5 mi (45 min.)|| 18.9 mi. (28 min) Clearwater; |
25.7 mi (28min) St. Petersburg
|4.4 mi. (11 min.)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Programs at Manatee Technical Institute
MTI offers a baking and pastry arts program as part of its collection of career preparation programs. MTI also offers a culinary arts program that is accredited by the accrediting commission of the American Culinary Federation foundation and has a professional membership with the National Restaurant Association and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.
Baking and Pastry Arts Program
This is a 600-hour program that can be completed in 1 year and 3 months. The program covers basic and advanced baking techniques and skills. Students learn how to make a variety of baked and dessert goods including breads, pastries, cookies and chocolates. Cake decorating techniques are also covered. The program is offered as two 300-hour programs: the basic Pastry Cook/Baker program and the advanced Pastry Chef/Head Baker program. Classes start at 6 AM to simulate a baker's work hours. In addition to learning baking skills in a retail bakery setting, students also learn leadership and management skills.
Programs at Pinellas Technical Education Center
PTEC does not have a specific baking or cake decorating program at either of its campuses; however, the commercial foods and culinary arts program does include courses in beginning and advanced baking. The commercial foods and culinary arts program lasts 13.5 months and consists of 4 300-hour courses in food preparation, restaurant cook, chef/head cook and food service management.
Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts Program
The majority of the program focuses on culinary skills other than baking and cake decorating. Within the restaurant cook segment, students are introduced to bakery and baking techniques. In the food service management segment, students learn advanced baking techniques in the classroom and the kitchen as part of the cooking courses.
Programs at Erwin Technical Center
ETC's commercial cooking and culinary arts program is a 14-month, 1200-hour program that covers virtually every aspect of commercial cooking and prepares students to supervise a commercial food operation. Besides cooking courses, students learn computer literacy, restaurant management, menu planning, entrepreneurship, housekeeping and technical math.
Commercial Cooking and Culinary Skills Program
The courses in this program cover a wide array of commercial cooking skills and techniques. There are only two courses remotely related to baking and cake decorating: the desserts program in the cook-restaurant portion of the course, and the baking specialties course in the chef/head cook program. The rest of the courses cover other culinary skills and techniques.
Other Class Options
As an alternative to attending a technical college's culinary arts program, individuals interested in cake decorating may find relevant courses offered by retail outlets, such as the 4-week Wilton cake decorating classes offered by Michael's craft store. Jo-Ann fabric and craft store is another retail location that offers Wilton cake decorating classes. Those interested should check with their local stores to find out when the cake decorating classes are offered.
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