Vancouver IslandUniversity

Baking and Pastry Arts & Co-operative Education

Baking and Pastry Arts

Learn Beyond the Classroom

VIU offers a Professional Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate program (10 months) as well as a Baking and Pastry Arts Management Diploma (2 years). In both the certificate and diploma programs, students will be will go out on paid ten week co-ops that often results in permanent employment for the student following graduation.

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Kara Shedden

Student Story

Kara Shedden has always wanted to own her own ice cream shop, and now that her dream has come true, life is pretty sweet.

After graduating from Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Baking and Pastry Arts foundation program in 2016, she started her own business selling baked goods at the Island Roots Farmers’ Market; however, making ice cream was what she really wanted to do.

“After many phone calls and realizing that I wouldn’t be able to sell ice cream at the local markets as a home-based business, we took the next step and started looking at commercial locations around town,” says Shedden.

Burnt Honey Dessert Company, named after Shedden’s signature, self-invented ice cream flavour, opened on February 4, 2019 in Country Club Centre, during a major snowstorm that shut down schools and businesses across the city.

Kara Shedden, Baking and Pastry Arts Student

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