TSTC is committed to providing highly specialized and advanced technical education that can lead to great career opportunities. We currently offer over 100 certificate and degree programs state-wide.

TSTC students come from more than 100 counties across the state. They arrive right out of high school, transfer from other colleges or from the workforce.

While we are proud that TSTC's education is affordable and a high return on your investment, we realize financial aid is the only option for some students.

At TSTC we understand your ultimate goal is a career you're passionate about and will make you the money you want to enjoy your life! Our goal is to help you be successful.

TSTC has been providing top-quality, career-driven education for Texans for close to 50 years. The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of our technology graduates.

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Culinary Arts

Do you dream of a career where you can be creative, travel the world and choose from a variety of culinary careers? Business is sizzling in the foodservice industry and those businesses need employees. Food service is the largest non-governmental employer in the U.S. and the field is expected to continue growing. Chefs work in restaurants, hotels and resorts, catering, health spas, schools, hospitals, cruise lines and as personal chefs. If you find one of those career opportunities appealing, the TSTC Culinary Institute could help you achieve your dream.

In the Culinary Institute, you’ll train with our faculty, who are all professional chefs, and learn basic and specialized culinary principles and techniques. You’ll receive hands-on experience in food preparation and learn the professionalism required for on-the-job success. Menu planning, catering, butchering skills, sauce creation, sugar and chocolate work, cake decorating, and the artistry of plate presentation are just some of the skills you will learn at TSTC.

Courses you’ll take include:

  • Sanitation and Safety
  • Meat Preparation and Cooking
  • Professional Cooking and Meal Service
  • Fundamentals of Baking
  • Purchasing for Hospitality Operations
  • American Regional Cuisine
  • International Cuisine
  • Beverage Management
  • Menu Management
  • Viticulture and Enology


Our facility at the T&P center in the heart of downtown Abilene provides a setting for you to develop skills in preparing and presenting a variety of foods. And, if you pursue an associate’s degree, you’ll get on-the-job training and receive college credit in an industry-based internship.