School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts

One of the few accredited culinary/hospitality schools in the nation, Valencia College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts is a top-rated program that combines classroom teaching with on-the-job training—from five-star resorts to five-diamond restaurants. It’s where you put your passion for service into play. And where a drive for opportunity is the path to limitless possibility. Here, you have unparalleled opportunities made possible by our collaboration with various community partners comprised of top industry employers.

Our partnership with Walt Disney World Resort establishes a foundation that will open many doors to you future as you pursue you dreams. You will receive the preparation and training necessary to compete for renowned internship opportunities each semester, including a paid Disney Professional Internship. Walt Disney World Resort internships test students’ skills in a fast-paced environment—from catering and convention events to fine dining, pastry and quick-service restaurants. The experience provides an opportunity to build on the skills you’ll learn in the classroom within a family of legendary brands passionate about creating world-class experiences on a global scale.


Whether you’re seeking an associate degree, planning to continue on for a bachelor’s degree, or wanting certification in a specific area, Valencia School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts offers just what you need. You can even count prior work experience toward college credits, making it possible to earn a degree sooner at a lower cost.

Through an articulation agreement with our School, you can earn an A.S. from Valencia College then earn a B.S., M.S. or even a Ph.D. at the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, the nation’s top college (and the world’s #2 college) for hospitality and tourism. Our programs span a wide range of hospitality-specific courses and certifications. A full list is available through the links below.

Associate in Science

An A.S. degree can be earned in as little as two years. Coursework includes general education requirements. Programs include:

Advanced Technical Certificate

An Advanced Technical Certificate (A.T.C.) is an extension of a specific associate degree program and consists of between nine (9) and 45 credits of college-level coursework. Programs include:

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Why Valencia College

In addition to the quality of education you’ll receive at Valencia College, this program also saves you money and time. An associate degree from Valencia College – the most affordable public college in the state – will cost you about half of what you’d pay at a public university.

As a student at Valencia College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, you may be eligible for scholarships and other forms of financial aid.

In as little as two years, you can complete one of our degree programs and enter the workforce. Flexible class times at convenient locations accommodate your work schedule.

Why Orlando

The Sunshine State. The City Beautiful. The hospitality and tourism capital of the world with more than 450 hotels and resorts. Set in one of the world’s top travel destinations, our School gives you an opportunity to study and work where others vacation. Whether you dine in our local restaurants, stay in a nearby hotel or work in either, you’ll be exposed to professional standards designed to put smiles on guests’ faces. What better way to develop your skills? As one of the world’s top vacation destinations, Orlando is easy to reach from any location. Orlando International Airport serves 44 airlines with 850 flights daily to 135 domestic and international destinations with 44 airlines.

Advisory Boards and Partners

There are many ways to support the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, including joining us in a strategic partnership, sponsoring student scholarships, joining our Advisory Board and more. Please contact us if you'd like to get involved in helping this next generation of culinary and hospitality professionals meet their potential.


Valencia College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts offers Central Florida residents an opportunity to train for a higher-paying, in-demand job in one of the area’s leading industries. As one of the few accredited culinary/hospitality schools in the U.S., our graduates earn credentials for a number of industry roles worldwide.


Graduates of the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts enter professions including:

Culinary Management Careers

  • Bakers
  • Baking and Pastry Chef
  • Executive Chef
  • Food and Beverage Supervisor
  • Kitchen Manager
  • Private Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Station Cooks

Hospitality Management Careers

  • Event Planning Specialist
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Golf and Country Club Manager
  • Guest Services Specialist
  • Hotel and Lodging Manager
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Theme Park Manager


With the Walt Disney World Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality at Valencia College Downtown Campus, a full Hospitality program at our Osceola Campus, a full culinary program at our Poinciana Campus and courses coming soon to our West Campus, the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts is easily accessible.

As you learn, you’ll gain confidence in an environment resembling a real-world experience in the industry. This prepares you for a seamless transition into the workforce.

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