Culinary & Hospitality Management

Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education


Students enrolled in the hospitality management associate degree program at NMU will learn in a challenging and rewarding hands-on environment. Students learn about supervision, management, planning, delegation, and responsibility, while gaining experience in quantity food production and management. Students in this class:

  • Operate the Culinary Café as well as Chez Nous, a high-end restaurant
  • Work at culinary events
  • Tour local restaurants and food service operations
  • Obtain work experience

Learn about banquet and catering operations including:

  • Setup
  • Layout
  • Pricing
  • Costing
  • On and off-premise events
  • Bar and wine service

The lodging and tourism components of the program will prepare students to meet the needs of guests who are away from home and monitor the revenue activity of a hotel or tourism facility. This course will cover guest services, culinary arts, baking, sanitation, applied math/finance and kitchen safety.

Michigan and National Employment & Wage Data

Bachelor's Degree or Higher

  • Career/Technical Education Teachers
  • Food Scientists and Technologists

Associate's Degree, Long-Term Training & Apprenticeships

  • Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
  • Bakers
  • Chefs and Head Cooks

Certificate or Moderate-Term Training

  • Cooks
  • Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators 
  • Food Batchmakers
  • Food Cooking Machine Operators 
  • Food Processing Workers

High School Diploma or Equivalent & Short-Term Training

  • Bartenders
  • Cooks
  • Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  • Dining Room Attendants and Cafeteria Attendants 
  • Food Preparation 
  • Food Servers, Non-restaurant
  • Food Service Managers
  • Hosts and Hostesses
  • Waiters and Waitresses


Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a college course, as this is determined individually by school district.

Students earn direct college credits from NMU at no cost.

Industry-recognized Certification

National Restaurant Association ServSafe Food Safety (an industry standard)*

ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification

*Credentials are nationally recognized, portable and stackable, which means students have the option of attaining more advanced credentials in the future

Culinary Arts Showcase Dinner

NMU Year End Showcase Dinner flyerHigh school students in the Hospitality / Culinary Art program at NMU served a delicious & elegant dinner featuring delicacies from around the USA! Students prepared everything from the fantastic gourmet main dishes & savory desserts to the professional and classy invitations, programs and menus. Students also practiced hospitality skills by greeting and hosting all the dinner guests in an upscale manner.