Restaurant and Food Service Management

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Restaurant and Food Service Management Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career within the restaurant industry.
The program includes training on the most up-to-date technology in the restaurant and food service industry as well as classroom instruction and on-the-job training from some of the area’s leaders in the restaurant field. You will also have the opportunity to start your successful career with a 405-hour internship, which enables you to develop skills in service techniques and management. With thousands of restaurants and eateries in the Orlando area alone, Valencia’s Restaurant and Food Service Management program is in a prime location to train for a rewarding career in this exciting industry.

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Program Overview and Degree Requirements

Program Overview and Degree Requirements

Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.


Alternative Ways To Earn Credit

Alternative Ways To Earn Credit

Did you know that you may already be eligible to receive college credit toward this program? Check out these opportunities:

Industry Certifications
Receive college credit for approved Industry Certifications.

Technical College Programs
Receive college credit toward this program for completing an approved Orange Technical College or Osceola Technical College program.

Program Length

 64 credits
  Full-time – 2 to 3 years
  Part-time – 3 to 4 years

You want to step up. We have a path to a bachelor's.

Prepare for a supervisory or management role in your field with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business and Organizational Leadership. After completing your A.S. degree, build on your skills and expand your career opportunities by continuing your education at Valencia College and earning a bachelor’s degree. We encourage you to meet with a career program advisor to create your personalized education plan.


Learn How To

Learn How To
  • Estimate food needs, plan menus and purchase the proper amount of food and supplies needed
  • Hire and train employees on effective service techniques and appropriate etiquette
  • Manage catering jobs and banquets
  • Manage and track food and labor costs and trend analysis

Job Outlook

Job Outlook

Students have the extraordinary advantage of starting exciting culinary careers in one of the most acclaimed tourist destinations in the world—with some of the best restaurants, dining establishments, theme parks and hotels in which to work.

Potential Careers

Potential Careers
  • Restaurant Manager/Assistant Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Service Trainer
  • Catering Services Manager
  • Banquet Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager

$24,000 – $30,000

Placement Rate

The average placement rate for Valencia College A.S. degree and certificate programs ranges between 90 – 95% according to the latest FETPIP data.

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