Friday, May 31, 2013

Hotel Management Courses Focus on Speedy Entry Into the Field

The prospect of entering your chosen field after two semesters of post-secondary study is an exciting one and a reality for students who attend Centennial College’s hotel management program, officially known as Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management. With a curriculum designed for mature students, this offering takes those with previous post-secondary credentials and/or work experience, and prepares them for careers in the accommodation, food and beverage sectors of the hospitality industry. It is a burgeoning industry, which in 2010, employed 1,086,000 people and generated revenues of almost $18.8-billion.

Centennial College’s fast-paced hotel management courses cover a wide range of areas that include:
Hotel and restaurant general management, human resources management, sales and marketing management, convention services management, cruise lines. Applicants to this hotel management program must possess a college diploma or university degree in hospitality, tourism or related discipline. They must also present a resume that demonstrates relevant work experience in the industry, as it may be a required part of the admission process. Please note that the hotel management program will consider applicants with a diploma or degree in unrelated disciplines who have related work experience. It will also consider applicants with partial post secondary education and relevant work experience in hospitality.

Based at Centennial College’s Progress Campus, this is one of Ontario’s most respected hotel management programs, as it offers its students facilities that ensure there is a balance of theory and practical application. Progress Campus is home to all of the college’s hospitality and tourism programs and, therefore, boasts modern computer labs, operational lab practice facilities, an on-site conference centre, and a full-service student-operated restaurant called Horizons. Within their hotel management courses, which are led by industry professionals, students study key management areas such as: finance, human resources, labour relations, oenology, international operations, leadership, entrepreneurship, security and risk, service quality, marketing and revenue management.

The hotel management courses and practical practice culminate in a two-day-per week industry placement for 15 weeks in semester two. This experience is an opportunity for students to not only apply what they have learned in class but also to 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. In the past, students who completed Centennial College’s hotel management courses have been hired by companies that include: Delta Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotel Group, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, and more.

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