Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hotel Management School Provides Training in a Variety of Areas

Delta Hotels, Fairmont Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Starwood Hotels and Hyatt Hotels are just some of the places that hire students of Centennial College’s hotel management program. This respected offering takes one-year to complete and is officially known as the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management program, which is part of the hotel management school. Geared at those students who already have post-secondary accreditation but are looking for a career change, applicants must submit an official transcript demonstrating proof of successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree program. A resume review may also be required. Centennial College will consider applicants presenting a combination of partial post secondary education and relevant work experience, open to all disciplines.

Training from this program puts students into an industry that brings in $18.8-billion in national accommodation revenue via 8,356 properties and 378,000 according to a 2008 report by the Hotel Association of Canada. However, hotel management is challenging to define as it includes: sales and marketing management for hotels, cruise line management, human resources management, hotel and restaurant general management, convention services and tour coordination.

That’s why Centennial College’s hotel management school covers a variety of topics to ensure students are prepared for whatever areas they want to specialize in. Among the areas covered are: finance, human resources, labour and international relations, oenology, leadership and entrepreneurship, security and risk, service quality, marketing and revenue management. More specifically, courses include: Hospitality Financial Management (designed to allow students to identify and explore the factors that are relevant to financial decision making and budgeting); Human Resources and Labour Relations Management (focuses on central HR processes such as staffing, employee training and development, appraisal and reward, and career planning in effectively employing an organization’s human resources toward the accomplishment of organizational goals and business strategy); Hospitality Marketing Strategies (builds on basic marketing concepts to enable the student to analyze and apply the principles of marketing through the integration of marketing variables with real-world situations and in-depth analysis of strategic marketing strategies); and many more.Students also partake in a two-day-per-week internship. The Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Industry Internship provides students with meaningful work experience in approved jobs within the hospitality industry, enabling them to relate classroom theory to the practical world, while adding another career educational dimension to their career preparation. Field placement enables students to better understand the dynamics of the industry, increase their knowledge of industry practices and provides a competitive advantage of experience in the job market.

If qualified graduates are interested in, and eligible for, further hotel management school studies, they can participate in an articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow students to apply academic credit towards further study. Centennial College’s hotel management school partners include: International Hotel Management Institute (Switzerland), Ryerson University, University of Calgary, University of New Brunswick, University of South Carolina (U.S.) and more.

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