Wondrous College of Professional Studies, Buruburu Campus is a private institution that was founded in 1998. The school trains professionals in Hospitality, Business, ICT, Baking, Education, Foreign Languages, Vocational Training and others. The school offers technical courses under the school of hospitality, school of baking, school of computing, school of linguistics and school of business. Other courses include Community Development and Social work, Vocational Training and ECDE -Early Childhood Development Education.
The institution is an authorized training Centre for ICM, KNEC and NITA. The motto of the school is training Competitive Professionals. The institution has a special offer whereby its offering free courses in entrepreneurship and communication skills. The College has over 20 yearsâ€™ experience in running a bakery as well facilities for practicals including a charcoal oven, gas oven and electric oven. The institution has a conducive learning environment with spacious kitchen, stores and lecture rooms. The College provides assistance to students in getting attachments and jobs.
In this article, we will focus on the art of decoration which is offered in 4 levels
For Level 1, the students deal with;
1. Making royal icing, butter icing and fresh cream
2. Covering cake with butter icing and fresh cram
3. Piping techniques
4. Decorating birthday cakes â€“ favorite characters; stand up darling doll, mickey mouse, Minnie mouse, tweety, Barbie doll and teddy bear
In art of cake decoration level 2, the student deal with;
1. Making piped sugar flower; i.e. Roses, rose buds, leaves and Lilly.
2. Making templates
3. Run out work for logos
4. Making florist wire
5. Moulding; i.e. sugar flowers, daisies, carnations, roses and leaves.
In art of cake decoration level 3 the student deal with;
1. Making plastic of fondant icing
2. Galette frill
3. Using matts, fans, folds, pleats, swags on cakes
4. All about tier cakes
5. Wedding cakes data
6. Wedding cake cutting guide
7. Wedding cake presentation at the reception.
In art of cake decoration Level 4, the student deal with;
1. Making pastillage icing
2. Making of curves, shapes, basket handle and kofia
3. Making more sugar flowers; lilly, orchard, fragpanny, calla lilly, anthurium, sunflower.
4. Floral arrangement
The school also offers short courses that take 5 lessons at a fee of Kshs. 8000. The short courses include cake baking of vanilla cakes, chocolate cake, muffins, queen cake, marble cake, carrot cake and cake decorations of birthday cakes, cupcakes and anniversary cakes. There is also the baking of 15 hours at a fee of Kshs. 7000 which includes baking meat pies, sausage rolls, croissants, fruit rolls, rock cakes, coconut bun, tea scones, samosa and chapatis.
The school also offers personalized lessons for butter icing, royal icing, birthday cake, anniversary cakes and graduation cakes.
You can also get trained to make character cakes which takes 9 hours at a fee of Kshs. 5000 each. The character cakes include Minnie mouse, mickey mouse, tweety, barbies, stand up darling doll, ball cakes, drum, African hut and pot, pumpkin and baskets cakes.
The training requirements include:
â€¢ White chefâ€™ jacket, chefâ€™s hat or hairnet, apron, trousers/skirt checked black and white) and red scarf
â€¢ Black closed shoes
â€¢ 2 kitchen towels
â€¢ Food handlerâ€™s certificate from Nairobi County Office â€“ pay Kshs. 1000
â€¢ 2 hand covered exercise books
â€¢ 2 piping bags and nozzles
â€¢ 1 palette knife
â€¢ 2 medium size containers to pack finished products
â€¢ Small padlock
Other requirements include
â€¢ 3 passport size photos
â€¢ Copy of I.D Card
The school fees structure;
â€¢ Level 1 â€“ Kshs 15,000 (1 month)
â€¢ Level 2 â€“ Kshs 18,000 (1 month)
â€¢ Level 3 â€“ Kshs 18,000 (1 month)
â€¢ Level 4 â€“ Kshs 20,000 (1 month)
â€¢ Registration Kshs 1,000
â€¢ Student ID card Kshs 250
â€¢ Caution fee Kshs 1,500
â€¢ Certificate fee Kshs 500
â€¢ Exams (internal) Kshs 3,000
The class attendance is as follows;
â€¢ 8am â€“ 11am (3 hrs)
â€¢ 11am â€“ 2pm (3 hrs)
â€¢ 2pm â€“ 5pm (3 hrs)
â€¢ Saturdays 8am â€“ 2pm
For fee payment, the tuition fee is paid monthly by date 5th of every month of the term. A deposit slip from the bank must be represented to the cashier for issuance of a receipt.
The College is based at Buruburu, 1st Floor, Epren Centre opposite Buruburu Police Station. For more information, please check at the school website www.wondrouscollege.co.ke