Friday, July 6, 2012

Hospitality and Tourism Administration Program Allows For Further Education

Are you looking for a post-secondary Hospitality and Tourism Administration program that not only prepares you for the field but also allows for a seamless transition should you want to further your education? If so, you may want to consider applying to Centennial College’s three-year advanced diploma Hospitality and Tourism Administration offering. First and foremost, the undertaking ensures grads have the know-how to enter positions such in hotel and restaurant general management, human resources management, sales and marketing management, convention services coordination and tour coordination. Should they, however, want to continue their education, qualified Hospitality and Tourism Administration grads may participate in an articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study. The hospitality administration’s partners are: Athabasca University, International Hotel Management Institute (Switzerland), Ryerson University, Southern New Hampshire University (U.S.A.), University of Calgary, University of New Brunswick and more.

To apply for this tourism and hospitality administration offering, students are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). They must also have the English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment.

Once accepted, students study out of Centennial College’s Progress Campus. This location can be used to students’ advantage during the time that they are in the Hospitality and Tourism Administration offering because it boasts a full service hospitality management centre, an onsite conference centre and state-of-the-art computer labs. These facilities allow students to encounter real life experiences, deal with customers and see what it takes to run facilities similar to the ones in the industry.

The Hospitality and Tourism Administration program itself emphasizes know-how for those who plan to pursue a career in the tourism industry.

As such, courses cover a full range of business practices in marketing, human resources, finance and industry operations — as applied to the entire hospitality and tourism field. Specific courses within the Hospitality and Tourism Administration undertaking include: Hospitality Financial Accounting (focuses on learners’ ability to use a variety of standard problem solving tools of financial management and standard forms of budgeting); Meeting and Convention Management (examines the history and development of the meetings and convention industry. It gives students the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to participate in the planning of conventions and meetings of any size and scope); Customer Relationship Management (examines the concepts, processes and technologies an organization uses to achieve superior performance through client intelligence); and more.

To round out the Hospitality Administration and Tourism Administration training, students spend four days per week for 15-week in a field placement. This course provides meaningful work experience in approved jobs within the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, enabling students to relate classroom theory to the practical world, while adding another career educational dimension 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.

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