Frequently Asked Questions
Upon graduation, our Restaurant Management students are typically assistant managers of chain restaurants if they have worked as hourly associates. They move up quickly and typically. District manager positions are limited to those with a college degree from Wake Tech or another school.
Our Hotel Management students are typically assistant general managers of limited service properties of 150 rooms or less if they have worked as hourly associates. If the hotel is a full service hotel of 300 rooms or more, they are typically assistant managers of different departments, such as front desk, sales, or food and beverage, provided they have had some hourly work experience.
All three programs require SAT scores of 520 or higher in both critical reading (or verbal) and math sections (taken within 5 years); or ACT scores of 21 or higher in the reading, writing, and math sections (taken within 5 years); or a grade of “C” or better in college-level English and math courses.
Placement scores through ACCUPLACER must meet the equivalents of MAT 070, ENG 090, and RED 090. Effective fall 2013, students must complete math modules through DMA 050 to satisfy these prerequisites. MAT 050, 060, and 070 will not be offered.
Culinary classes must be taken in a specific sequence. CUL 110 (Safety and Sanitation) and CUL 140 (Culinary Skills I) are prerequisites for all culinary and baking classes.
To be eligible to participate in the Culinary Co-op program, a student must:
- Complete at least 14 credit hours of curriculum-related course work at Wake Tech
- Have a GPA (grade point average) of 2.0 or higher
- Obtain a faculty advisor recommendation in writing (signature on the Co-op application)
- Demonstrate satisfactory personal appearance, attitude, and ability to work
- Meet health requirements
- Be legally authorized to work in the United States (and be prepared to produce a social security card, birth certificate, and/or driver’s license)
- The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree requires 68-72 semester credit hours (depending on the program) and takes two years (six semesters) to complete.
- A diploma requires 40-43 semester credit hours and can be completed in four semesters.
- A certificate requires 15-18 semester credit hours and can be completed within two semesters; it does not require general education (math, English) courses.
Students enrolled in the Culinary, Baking, and HRM programs work with a Student Services Advisor during their first semester at Wake Tech and are then assigned to a faculty advisor (an instructor in the program) for the duration of their program. Students may contact advisors at any time. Students can find out their advisor’s name by going to “My Profile” in Web Advisor.