Friday, July 6, 2012

Reputable Hospitality Management Program Includes Menu Management

“The instructors (of the Hospitality Management program at Centennial College) imparted all the necessary knowledge and shared their experiences that are needed to be successful in the hospitality industry, says Bertrand Yeung who graduated from the Hospitality Management - Restaurant and Catering in 2010. If Bertrand’s testimonial is any indication, this is an undertaking that prides itself on offering students a unique experience that allows for one-on-one interaction with caring and invested instructors. As such, the Hospitality Management program is ideal for those who are looking for a combination of theory and practical experiences that result in an Ontario College Diploma (and the Smart Serve program and the National Sanitation Training certificate) and allows them to enter a challenging and satisfying career in restaurant operations management.

Two years in total, the Hospitality Management program emphasizes essential skills for the restaurant and catering segment of the hospitality industry. Among the most focused-on skills are menu management and design, kitchen management, beverage knowledge and bartending as well as business practices in accounting, purchasing, human resources, supervision and cost control. Faculty members combine theory and practical practice to ensure students are comfortable with the concepts. Additionally, the program allows for a flexible course schedule.

Students of the Hospitality Management program have the advantage of partaking in practical experiences in Centennial College’s hospitality management centre and real restaurant called Horizons. At Horizons, they practice dealing with customers, running a kitchen, managing menus and more. These types of scenarios prepare students for two field placements—one in the second semester and the other in the final semester of the program. Both of these Hospitality Management program field placements enable students to relate classroom theory to the practical world, while adding another educational dimension to their career preparation. The Hospitality Management program’s industry partners include: Cara, Darden Restaurants, Red Lobster, Prime Restaurants, Shoeless Joe’s, The Keg, SIR Corp., cruise lines and hotels.

Once students complete training, they may enter an industry that the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council anticipates will grow to employ 1.95-million people by 2015. It has also reported that 68 per cent of employees within this sector are young Canadians. Alternatively, should qualified students want to further their education, they can do so with the Hospitality Management’s partnerships, Athabasca University, International Hotel Management Institute (Switzerland), Vancouver Island University, University of New Brunswick and Royal Roads University (B.C.), that allow students to apply academic credit towards further education.

Applicants to the Hospitality Management program, must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they must have finished the English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment. It should be noted that UNWTO TedQual accredits the Hospitality Management - Restaurant and Catering program.

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