All the things we’ve missed – haircuts, restaurants, the gym – are ready to take off. Now’s the time to ride that wave.

Madison College Areas of Study: Culinary, Hospitality, and Fitness
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Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness Careers

Discover a career where you can put your talents for health and compassion to great use. Students across our culinary, hospitality and wellness programs go on to have successful careers where they have a positive impact. Explore career opportunities and specific culinary, hospitality and fitness programs below.

  • Baking and Decorative Arts

    Take your love of baking to a new level and make a career of it! You will learn cake decorating, chocolate making, pastry creation and much more. This program is an early step toward the coveted Master Baker qualification.

    Earnings:
    Average wage reported by graduates within six months: nearly $14/hr.

    Employers include:
    Dick’s Fresh Market, Madison Sourdough Co, Pick ‘n’ Save

    Program Information

  • Culinary Arts

    Good food prepared well is the focus of our culinary students. Hone your craft in our professional grade kitchen while you learn the art of fine cooking and the ins and outs of running a restaurant.

    Earnings:
    Average wage reported by graduates within six months: $15.04/hr.

    Employers include:
    Heritage Tavern, Sur La Table, Merchant, The Free House Pub

    Program Information

  • Hospitality Management

    One out of every 10 workers in Wisconsin works in the hospitality and tourism industry. The greatest expected growth is in management.

    Your onsite, hands-on training coupled with your people skills make you a great match for this field.

    Earnings:
    Average wage reported by graduates within six months: $24.04/hr.

    Employers include:
    Four Seasons Spa, North Central Group, 49th State Brewing Company, Great Wolf Lodge

    Program Information

  • Fitness and Recreation Management

    Make a career out of play. Recreation and fitness programs relieve stress for people of all ages. As our culture embraces the need to stay fit and active, the recreation field continues to grow.

    Jobs include recreation programmer, activity director, personal trainer, parks and golf course assistant and many more!

    Earnings:
    Average monthly wage reported by graduates within six months: $16.35/hr.

    Employment:
    City of Madison Parks Division, Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR), Verona Area Soccer Club Premier Fields, Whitewater Aquatic Center

    Program Information
     

  • Cosmetology

    Learn the art of cosmetology in an actual salon, where you will train under the guidance of licensed stylists. Gain skills in barbering, nails and aesthetics.

    When you graduate, you will be ready to apply for your cosmetology license.

    Earnings:
    Average wage reported by graduates within six months: $15.04/hr.

    Employers include:
    Ulta Beauty, The Spa, Sundara Inn & Spa, Honeycomb Salon, Atwood Barber

    Program Information

  • Therapeutic Massage

    Massage is more than a luxury. It is a way to ease stress, which leads to better health. You will learn several techniques and business practices to prepare you to work as a massage therapist on your own or for an organization.

    Earnings:
    Average wage reported by graduates within six months: $19.25/hr.

    Employers include:
    Sundara Inn & Spa, The Haven Spa, Bergamot Massage, Sunflower Spa

    Program Information

“I found a field that's perfect for me. My teachers and classes make coming to school feel like I'm coming to my dream job.”
Brock
Recreation management student
$17.01
Average starting hourly wages
(labor market info)
3,200
Job openings per year
in the Madison College district

All Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness Academic Programs

Degree: Technical Diploma
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Degree: Technical Diploma
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Degree: Technical Diploma
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Degree: Apprenticeship
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Degree: Associate Degree
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Degree: Technical Diploma
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Degree: Associate Degree
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Degree: Technical Diploma
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Degree: Technical Diploma
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Degree: Certificate
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Degree: Associate Degree
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Degree: Technical Diploma
Area of Study: Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness

Hands-on training & internships
“During my time in the program, I had my eyes opened to all that the recreation field had to offer. I had a great internship and then was quickly able to land a job thanks to my internship.”
Laura K.
Recreation management & fitness graduate