Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hospitality and Tourism Administration Program Opens Various Doors

Did you know that under the umbrella of Hospitality and Tourism Administration is an array of areas that include: hotel and restaurant general management, human resources management, sales and marketing management, convention services coordination, tour coordination, food and beverage management, housekeeping management and hotel financial management? What’s more is that at Centennial College, you only have to attend one Hospitality and Tourism Administration program to be eligible to apply for all these areas upon graduation.

The offering at Centennial College takes three years to complete and results in an Ontario College Advanced Diploma, which shows employers a high standard of learning. Additionally, students who study at the Tourism Administration program have the option of continuing their education with articulated programs through selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These educational 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.

Priding itself on offering students a balance of theory and practical application, Tourism and Hospitality Administration boasts both classes as well as a 15-week field placement. Considered a standout feature of this program, the work experience sees students working in approved jobs within the Hospitality and Tourism Administration Industry. Among the benefits of the placement are: the opportunity for students to relate classroom theory to the practical world, while adding another career educational dimension career preparation; better understanding the dynamics of the industry; increasing knowledge of industry practices and providing a competitive advantage of experience in the job market.

Aside from this all-important practical experience, students attend Hospitality and Tourism courses at the school’s Progress Campus location.

As the base for all School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture programs, it includes 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.

Additionally Hospitality and Tourism courses range from business practices in marketing and human resources, to finance and industry operations — as applied to the entire hospitality and tourism field. Among specific courses are: Dimensions of Tourism, Beverage Knowledge and Bartending, Sanitation, Safety and Hygiene; World Geography for Tourism, Introduction to Hospitality Accounting, Wholesale Tour Operations, Meeting and Convention Management, Responsible Tourism and much more.

Applicants to this Hospitality and Tourism Administration undertaking must possess at minimum 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.

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