Our Culinary Programs at Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI)

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to an affordable culinary school on the West coast and the only culinary school in Oregon located on the majestic shores of the Pacific Ocean. As you know, it is a fabulous time to join this industry. As the culinary arts field continues to grow at a vigorous pace, OCCI offers the practical, competitive skills necessary to ensure a rewarding career. Because of our small class sizes, students receive individualized, hands-on learning. Our certified chef/instructors have years of professional and teaching experience, accompanied by first-hand knowledge of what leading food service employers are looking for in graduates. They have used this knowledge to prepare an intensive, fully accredited associates degree program designed to place students in a career-track culinary position within a very short time.

A superior program is the main ingredient. Beginning on your first day of class at OCCI, you will learn from only the best in the field — certified chefs with years of distinguished industry experience as well as years of culinary teaching experience. 

The Culinary Industry

The restaurant industry is one of the most dynamic in the U.S. today. The service sector is the most rapidly growing part of the American economy, and the $460 billion hospitality segment already represents one-seventh of the nation's GNP and 15 million jobs. It is estimated that, by 2010, food service operations will need more than 100,000 new managers annually to keep pace with growth. Career options for Culinary Arts graduates range from employee to owner and from manager to team leader. Culinary professionals need to have skills in financial management to control abilities to lead a team in a fast-paced work environment, and the scientific know-how to prepare and serve food safely. Culinary professionals work in quick service venues, family-owned operations, fine cuisine restaurants, as well as multi-million dollar companies providing food service at industrial, school, hospital, resort, or hospitality locations.

Employment Opportunities: Culinary Arts career opportunities range from good to excellent with occupational titles that include Cook, Chief Cook, Kitchen Cook, Kitchen Chef, Kitchen Supervisor, Restaurant Cook, Station Chef, Sous Chef, Chef DeFroid, Garde Manager, and Restaurant Manager.

Culinary Arts Program

The Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts program offers chef training (basic and advanced) as well as restaurant management skills. After studying the fundamentals of classical and contemporary cuisine and restaurant procedures, students will develop advanced skills in Garde Manger and a la carte cooking. Students will have the opportunity to choose between a local or distant externship during their final term in the program. The graduate will have the necessary training to work in a variety of culinary establishments such as Sous Chef, Garde Manger, Kitchen Supervisor, and Restaurant Manager.  more...

More about the program

This is a restricted program. For application and fee information Lynne Whitley, OCCI Recruiting and Retention Specialist at 541.888.7195.

Baking & Pastry Arts Program

The Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts provides a broad foundation of baking and pastry theory and practical training necessary for success in the food service industry. Students will learn the art of creating exquisite baked goods, pastries, and confections, from traditional bread baking to masterful showpieces fit for the most elegant dessert finales imaginable. Students will also learn to use sugar, syrups, icings, and chocolate to create feasts for the eye and palate. Prepare for a career as a professional baker or pastry chef in a bakery, fine restaurant, resort, or on a cruise ship.  more...


More about the program

This is a restricted program. For application and fee information Lynne Whitley, OCCI Recruiting and Retention Specialist at 541.888.7195.