What its all about
Students enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program are educated in the operating functions and supervision of a variety of industry establishments such as restaurants, catering, event planning, hotels, casinos, and cruises. Advanced management skills are a highlight of our program and are learned through hands-on experience. Participants gain knowledge and skills through the operation of our two student-run restaurants and are exposed to an array of career options in lodging and tourism with an emphasis on providing guest satisfaction.
Highlighting the collective learning of the Professional Cooking I students, the Fall 2019 semester Showcases schedules will be forthcoming.
Degrees and Certificates
In addition to the associate degree courses, students will have a choice between two industry-driven tracks. Both tracks provide expanded learning opportunities to develop specific skills relative to the student's chosen segment of the hospitality and tourism industry. Both tracks enhance the student's understanding of advanced management techniques, bar and beverage service, menu design and analysis, procurement, banquet service and exploration of hospitality and tourism current issues, all in a hands-on, student-focused environment.
Food Service and Culinary Management
The program's food service bachelor degree develops the student's skills and knowledge in necessary topics such as front and back of house operations management, professional cooking, operations concept development, and cultural cuisines.
Lodging and Tourism Management
The program's tourism and lodging bachelor degree expands the student's knowledge of topics including resort development, tourism management, and gaming.
This program prepares graduates to monitor compliance with health and fire regulations, monitor food preparation and presentation, investigate and resolve complaints, and coordinate assignments of personnel.
The Hospitality and Tourism Management online certificate is designed to attract career-minded individuals who are seeking to develop their managerial skills and abilities in the hospitality and tourism industries while maintaining a flexible work schedule. Students enrolled in this certificate will gain an increased knowledge and understanding of both the hospitality and tourism industries by recognizing the responsibilities for a variety of management positions. Students will also be able to apply their understanding of financial and accounting concepts in an assortment of settings by demonstrating effective critical and analytical skills in their decision-making. This certificate also ladders into Hospitality Management (two-year program) or the Hospitality and Tourism Management (four-year program) without loss of credits.
A minor in hospitality management provides an opportunity for service-oriented students to gain foundational knowledge in the varying fields of food service, lodging and guest services that affect many career fields.
Projected Job Growth
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Graduates from the hospitality and tourism management programs have a wide variety of career opportunities within their communities and across the globe within food service, lodging, gaming, and tourism segments.
Graduates of the hospitality and tourism management bachelor of science program are prepared for countless rewarding industry positions such as regional manager, executive chef, meetings, convention, and event planner, travel agent, director of front office, sales manager and more.
Graduates of the hospitality management associate of technology program have a wide array of entry-level career options as assistant managers, supervisors, banquets sales coordinators, and more in hotels, restaurants, institutional food service operations, lodging facilities, catering services, and sales.
Earnings, job growth and education levels noted are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (National), and CareerOneStop/U.S. Department of Labor (Michigan).