Friday, May 31, 2013

Centennial College’s School of Hospitality Offers Various Practice Facilities

When seeking a School of Hospitality, you should also consider the institution’s facilities and whether they will help to ensure that you are ready for the field upon program completion. Students who choose any one of Centennial College’s School of Hospitality offerings not only obtain academic and practical knowledge, they also have access to various facilities that offer extensive real life experience.

For example, students of the School of Hospitality who attend programs such as Hotel and Resort Management (Hospitality Foundations, Hospitality Services) may practice at the Centennial College Residence and Conference Centre. This home-away-from-home for students allows School of Hospitality students to gain hands-on experience at the front desk or in housekeeping, sales and other areas of the residence. Meanwhile, students within programs such as: Event Management (Festival and Conference); Tourism & Travel Operations (Hospitality and Tourism Administration, Tourism Management – Cultural and Heritage Tourism, Culture and Heritage Site Management, and Tourism & Travel) may benefit from the conference aspect of this Residence and Conference Centre, which comprises of four meeting rooms, including an atrium which comes complete with high-speed Internet access, in-house audio/visual equipment and multimedia capabilities. Uniformed in traditional black attire, students take pride in planning events while paying attention to the smallest details to ensure they are a success. Lastly, School of Hospitality students in Food & Beverage Management (Food and Beverage Management, Kitchen Management, Baking – Commercial Bakeries); Hotel and Resort Management, and Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management) work in Horizons Restaurant, where they get experience in everything from running a kitchen and menu management to preparing freshly made food, serving, scheduling and reservation recommendations.

In addition to these on-campus experiences, many of the School of Hospitality offerings include a hands-on component such as a field placement or internship during which students apply what they have learned in-class and obtain new knowledge. Lastly, all programs in the School of Hospitality teach students business topics (marketing, human resources, finance, and industry operations) in addition to hospitality-specific ones. The skills learned in this program are transferable anywhere in Canada.

Intake for the programs in the School of Hospitality occurs three times a year with start dates varying from year to year but generally occurring in late August or early September, early January and early May. Classes finish at the end of April or early May, depending on the calendar, unless a student chooses to fast track and take summer courses. Students are timetabled for approximately 20 to 25 hours per week, with classes being scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Programs offered at the School of Hospitality vary in prerequisites. It is recommended that students carefully note the requirements of their program of choice before applying.

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