Pittsburgh Technical College – Oakdale
Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC)
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1111 McKee Road, Oakdale, PA 15071
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Start Your Culinary – Baking – Pastry – Hospitality Education at PTC
An award-winning city, in 2008 Forbes magazine named Pittsburgh as one of the top cities for young professionals to live. Offering programs in both culinary & hospitality management, Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) is a leader in culinary and hospitality training and education.
Below is some basic information about the Pittsburgh Technical College and its programs. We recommend you look at the information provided to see if the school is a good fit for you. If it is, fill out the short questionnaire and someone from the school will contact you to answer any other questions you may have.
What You Need to Know
Any important decision is accompanied by important questions, and attending culinary arts or hospitality management school is no different. How much will it cost? How long does it take? How do I start? Can I get financial aid? Get the information you need, and the answers you’re looking for.
The culinary arts program at PTC is called the American Academy of Culinary Arts or AACA and their tag line is “Where Great Chefs Prep”. The American Academy of Culinary Arts is dedicated to the development of tomorrow’s great American chefs. By emphasizing the classic fundamentals of the culinary arts while blending in culture-current gastronomic trends, AACA places students at the cutting edge of exciting culinary careers.
Programs of Study
AACA Certificate in Culinary Arts
The goal of our culinary programs is not just to help you understand and prepare for an exciting career within the industry but to challenge you to imagine the landscape of its fertile fields far into the future. There are two programs available at PTC – a 15 month certificate in culinary arts and an associate in science in culinary arts.
Each of these programs are designed to help you prepare for a career in the food and restaurant industry and to become the next “Great American Chef”.
Baking & Pastry Program
The American Academy of Culinary Arts Baking & Pastry program is designed to teach you skills in baking, pastry theory and lead you into your journey through fine chocolates and sugar confections. Here you will develop your skills their state of the industry kitchens on the latest in baking equipment.
By the time you are done with this program, you will have worked on everything from makine cakes and confections to classic breads and desserts.
Hospitality Management Administration
The hospitality industry offers a serious career path for individuals with meticulous attention to detail and a focus on customer service who want to put their mark on the guest experience. A PTC degree in Hospitality Management will train you for a number of positions in the hospitality industry. Career paths include careers in hotels and resorts, convention services, casinos, travel services, real estate development projects, and restaurants.
Associate in Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Management
A PTC degree in Hospitality Management will train you for a number of positions in the hospitality industry. Career paths include careers in hotels and resorts, convention services, travel services, real estate development projects, and restaurants.
Associate in Hospitality – Travel and Tourism Management
A PTC degree in Hospitality Management will train you for a number of positions in the hospitality industry. Career paths include careers in hotels and resorts, convention services, casinos, travel services, real estate development projects, and restaurants.
Pittsburgh Technical Institute in Oakdale is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Financial aid is only available to those who qualify.
Participating in a variety of financial aid programs, the financial planners at PTC are ready to guide prospective students through the financial aid process, and help them determine eligibility for loans, grants and scholarships.
A sign of their commitment to accessibility, the faculty and staff at PTC operate in a learning environment with no office doors, meaning that they are dedicated to staying in touch with students. Teaching in a hands-on and project-based format, instructors at PTC also incorporate general education coursework into degree-specific instruction.
Situated on a 180-acre campus, Pittsburgh Technical Institute offers free parking and easy access to public transportation. 3 new student-housing facilities opened in 2009, and the single building campus offers numerous extra-curricular opportunities, including volleyball and basketball.
The City of Pittsburgh, PA
A magnificent city, Pittsburgh, PA is known as the “Steel City,” and the “City of Bridges.” Living up to its name, Pittsburgh is home to over 150 high-rise buildings, and almost 500 bridges. Located at the convergence of the Monogahela, Ohio and Allegheny Rivers, Pittsburgh has long been a place of trade, progress, and innovation.
Named “America’s Most Livable City” by Places Rated Almanac in 2007, and 29th worldwide by The Economist in 2009, Pittsburgh residents and visitors alike enjoy attractions such as architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, the Andy Warhol Museum, and numerous parks and green spaces.
The lively restaurant scene and of course Pittsburgh staples such as Primanti Bros. sandwiches, Heinz Ketchup and the “Pittsburgh salad” make this town a no brainer for prospective students interested in the culinary arts. Pittsburgh’s exciting bar scene, including areas such as the South Side and Station Square attract many young professionals and students to the city.