Culinary program students cooking at Lobdell's Restaurant

Program Information

If your favorite channel is the Food Network and your creativity comes alive in the kitchen, consider a career in the rapidly growing food service industry. At NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute, where students “learn by doing,” you’ll receive training that will give you the competitive advantage in this field.

The Culinary Arts Program prepares you for entry-level chef and kitchen management positions. Consideration is given to the science and techniques associated with the selection, preparation and serving of foods to large and small groups.

The Great Lakes Culinary Institute’s facility is located on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. It is comprised of five culinary labs including a bakery, introductory and food skills kitchen, an advanced cooking kitchen, a garde manger kitchen, and Lobdell’s, a 90-seat teaching restaurant. Upon graduation you will have gained a well-rounded classic culinary foundation and an understanding of vital skills modern chefs use on a daily basis both in the kitchen and community.

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Tuition and Fees

Tier II Tuition - Courses in Culinary program (CUL)

Residency Status

Tuition Rate

In-District ( Grand Traverse County residents) Tuition

$169.00 per contact hour

In-State ( other Michigan counties) Tuition

$334.00 per contact hour

Out-of-state Tuition

$445.00 per contact hour

International Tuition

$504.00 per contact hour

General Fee for all residencies for Culinary courses (CUL)

$23.00 per contact hour

Cost of Attendance

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Note: For more information on how COA component estimates are calculated, see the bottom of the Tuition and Fees page.

Enrolled students can find their own calculated Cost of Attendance in NMC Self-Service under Financial Aid. Others can use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the total annual cost of attending NMC based on their program and enrollment plans, along with financial aid eligibility.