Culinary Arts

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Industry certification, Associate's degree, IHE Certificate of Completion

Method of Delivery

Hybrid or blended

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours

Instructional Program (CIP)

Culinary Arts/Chef Training. 120503


Brightwater’s Culinary Arts program prepares you to become a professional culinarian who approaches food in an exploratory fashion. You'll be immersed in the culinary world, learning every aspect of the food system - how food is grown, transported and processed. You'll also understand the impact that flavor and food has on human health and the environment.

As a culinary arts student, you will have the opportunity to grow food at Brightwater's greenhouse, learn butchery and charcuterie skills, methods of food preservation, and study culinary nutrition by following an innovative curriculum. You'll also be able to move outside the classroom and engage with chefs, farmers and other food entrepreneurs and work in various positions within the local community.

By valuing an inquiry-based learning approach, Brightwater instructors will not only help you master specific culinary techniques, but will also challenge you to apply those skills in your own innovative way.

Upon completion of the program, you'll feel equipped to view food as more than just food, but as a connection to culture, art, environment and the community.





Entrance Requirements

High School Diploma or Equivalent


NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC)

WIOA Approved Program


Training Location(s)


Local WIB

5025 - Northwest

Name of Credential

Associate of Applied Science-Culinary Arts

Type of financial aid offered or have access to

Pell, scholarships, loans

Refund Policy

Tuition and fee refunds will be issued to eligible students who drop their classes by the drop deadline, been dropped from a class, or a class has been canceled. See the Academic Calendar for the drop deadline for the current semester. 

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?

Yes - ADHE

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

Books (Estimated)


In-State/District Tuition

$5,000.00 Rogers and Bentonville School districts

Out-of-State/District Tuition

$10,000.00 Out-of-District or Contiguous refers to someone living in Arkansas, but not within the Bentonville/Rogers school district. Students who are current residents in Adair and and Delaware counties in Oklahoma, and Barry and McDonald counties in Missouri.

Supplies/Materials/Hand Tools (not included in tuition)


Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

35-1011.00Chefs and Head Cooks
$17.00 per hour

Provider Status



One College Drive, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Phone Number

(479) 619-3127

Last Updated

Oct 20, 2023


Sep 17, 2020


Oct 20, 2024

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