Cooking Colleges, Vocational Enrollments Continue to Increase

If you want to survive in the current economic client, it might be time to consider a vocational trade education like cooking school. Industry statistics show that students who enter into a technical trade and gain a degree or certification are more likely to land a job.

Technical schools have experienced significant gains in newly enrolled students in the last few years and the cooking school offered by the College of Technology at Montana State University Billings (MSUB COT) is no exception.  The university’s cooking college, located in Missoula, offers a culinary arts program to students who want to become a chef.

Not all new students are fresh out of high school, either. Across the nation, cooking colleges are noting a rather sharp increase in the number of professionals who are choosing a new career path at a later stage in life.

Tom Campbell, MSUB COT’s Director of Culinary Arts told the Billings Gazette recently that late in life culinary students make up a big part of the cooking college’s enrollments.

“In the last three to four years, the food sector has been a good push for repatriated workers, for people looking for work and for people who are forced to find work,” Campbell said.

The students who choose to attend the cooking college might be making a smart decision according to education statistics, a fact reinforced by the school’s success. Campbell said that nearly all of the culinary arts students are employed before they even graduate the program.

“I think the job successes of our graduates speaks to the demand, and because of our feelers and contacts, we know that is similar throughout the nation,” he added in an interview with the Billings Gazette.

There is a similar trend among all vocational studies in the nation, including health, cosmetology, and design sectors. Cooking colleges like the one offered by MSUB COT are springing up across the country as new organizations emerge and existing universities continue to add these programs to their formal course availability listings.