Baking and Pastry Entrepreneur

Category: Service and Education


Express your creativity in the culinary world and learn how to open your own baking and pastry business. Hennepin Technical College now offers a Baking and Pastry Entrepreneur associate degree and certificates.

The Bakery and Pastry Entrepreneur options represent an expansion to Hennepin Tech’s Culinary Arts program which is ACF-accredited and ranked in the top 20 nationally.

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New Baking and Pastry Degree Begins at HTC

Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is launching a new Baking and Pastry Entrepreneur degree and certificates beginning fall semester 2021. The college is the only institution of higher learning in Minnesota State to offer an associate degree in this field.

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Hands-on Learning

  • Students create innovative flavor profiles and unique designs while baking a variety of pastries, specialty cakes, confections, desserts and artisan breads.
  • HTC has two commercial kitchens dedicated to student education and feature state-of-the art equipment.
  • An active Culinary Club allow students to hone their skills and provides leadership opportunities.


  • HTC has an overall high job placement rate and provides free career placement and networking opportunities.
  • Each month, renowned chefs visit campus to share their expertise with students.
  • Students learn in-demand skills such as gluten-free baking and small business management.

Options to fit your schedule

In just two years, students earn a Baking and Pastry Entrepreneur associate degree which prepares individuals to operate their own culinary business. We are the only college in Minnesota State to offer this associate degree.

For students who prefer a fast-track, students may earn a culinary-only certificate in eight months.

Scholarships and financial aid are available.

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