Culinary Arts Apprenticeship at Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute

Photo -  Kevin Clark teaches a Culinary Arts Apprenticeship class at the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute.

World Class Location. World Class Experience. World Travel.

Do you have a passion for the culinary arts and enjoying the great outdoors? Get the best of both when you join the culinary apprenticeship program with The Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute.

Our program combines a traditional American Culinary Federation apprenticeship with an Associates of Applied Science degree curriculum all offered in one of the most spectacular locations in the world. Get the experience and education you need here to take you where you want to go.

Contact/Program Information

Photo - Kevin C. Clarke, CCE, JD Director of Culinary EducationKevin C. Clarke, CCE, JD
Director of Culinary Education

Program at a Glance

Degree: Culinary Arts Apprenticeship (AAS)

Locations: Breckenridge & Dillon

Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $373/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below

Program Fee: $400

World Class Experience

While attending the culinary apprenticeship program you will be working at Keystone Resort, a member of the Vail Resorts family of Resorts. You will have the opportunity to work in up to six different restaurants over the course of the program, gaining real world experience that will build the solid foundation that you need for a successful career.

When you graduate from the program your resume will have full service hotel, large scale banquet, quick serve, and fine dining experience.

World Class Location

Nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, 75 miles west of Denver, Summit County has earned the reputation as a world-class winter and summer destination. During winter snowboarders and skiers may choose from eight different mountains at Keystone, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin. When the snow melts, Summit County becomes an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.

World Travel and more

Just in case you are looking for more, we have a very successful culinary competition program. Our student teams have earned the state championship multiple times and have competed at the American Culinary Federation regional championships.

We offer international culinary tours approximately once every three year so that every student has the opportunity to experience international cuisine and travel first hand. Our students have participated in culinary focused trips to:

  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Mexico

We also offer classes in ice carving.

How much is tuition?

Don’t go deep into debt. Find your affordable education here! Colorado Mountain College tuition is one of the lowest in Colorado, and is lower than in-state tuition in many other states. See more tuition information and net price calculators.

Tuition Rates for this program

Financial aid specifically for culinary students is also available. Please contact Financial Aid Specialist Peter Kuk at 970-569-2936,

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
In-District** $57 $855
In-State*** $107 $1,605
Out-of-State $373 $5,596

Special Tuition Rates at CMC

You may qualify for a significant tuition discount at Colorado Mountain College.

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
Vets & Military Families $103 $1,545
CMC Service Area $103 $1,545
Western States (WUE) $150.75 $1,586.25