Hospitality Tourism and Culinary Arts Department


    What We Do

    The Hospitality and Culinary Arts Programs are designed to develop hospitality management and culinary arts professionals. The faculty include both full-time instructors as well as working professionals.

    Coursework covers aspects of hospitality management and culinary arts, including: entrepreneurship, hotel and restaurant operations, sales and marketing, event management and wedding planning, catering management, purchasing, food production, baking, and international cuisine. We offer both traditional semester-long courses and short, highly-focused courses for working adults.

    What You Get   

    We offer three Letters of Recognition (9-10 credits):

    • Food Service Management
    •  Lodging Management
    •  Meeting and Event Management

     Each of these counts toward a certificate (31 credits) or associates degree (61 credits) in

    •  Hospitality Services Management
    •  Meeting and Event Management

     We also offer both a certificate and an associates degree in culinary arts emphasizing fundamental food production and baking skills.

    Where You'll Go

    The department partners with PGCC Career Services and the Hospitality and Tourism Institute to support work-based learning. These opportunities allow students to gain real-world experience, to build their resumes, and to establish professional networks in advance of graduation.

    Credits earned at PGCC can be transferred to four-year institutions towards a bachelor’s degree. Graduates who intend to proceed to work are eligible for job placement support.

    The Next Steps

    Visit the department on the main campus in Chesapeake Hall, room 100 or call the Culinary Center at 301-546-3027 to arrange a visit.

    How Do I apply?

    Apply and Register at PGCC 

  • Culinary Arts
  • Contact Information

    Dr. Cynthia Gossage, Chair


    Chesapeake Hall, Room 100


    (301) 546-3090

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  • This is a department within the Social Sciences and Business Division

    The Social Sciences and Business Division includes a diverse array of programs and courses in career areas such as hospitality, culinary arts, criminal justice, child care, human services, accounting and business. The division also includes transfer programs in psychology, sociology, economics, business administration, forensic science, law and teacher certification.