Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort Program Offers Wide Range of Employable Skills

Those who wish to enter the hotel management industry may wonder if it is best to pursue a hotel management degree or diploma. Centennial College’s Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort program, which takes two years complete and results in an Ontario College Diploma, may have the answer to that question with its practical approach to presenting an overview of the industry.

The goal of the courses is to equip students with the knowledge and ability to link directly into the industry at the conclusion of the program, meaning they are instantly employable.

  • Courses also seek to offer an understanding of the interrelationships between departments that drive performance in the hotel and resort industry.

  • Because the program offers a wide scope of knowledge, covered are a full range of business practices—marketing, human resources, finance and industry operations—as applied to the accommodation industry.

  • Courses are delivered in two formats: lectures and practical application of skills in labs.

  • Progress Campus houses facilities that are open to the public so students can practice what they have learned in a real-world environment.

  • The on-campus live learning labs include a restaurant, a conference centre, commercial kitchens and even a hotel.

  • Students also have the advantage of practical application in a real-world setting through an industry field placement.

  • During the time they spend in the field, students apply all of the knowledge they have gained and develop relationships with employers that may assist them in securing a job upon graduation.

  • Centennial College is well connected with a range of career partners that take on interns, including: Star-wood Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Delta Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Inter-Continental Hotel Group, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, and more.

  • This hotel management education at Centennial College is also connected to educational partners that allow students to apply their credits from college to programs with select universities, institutes and professional associations.

  • These partners include: Royal Roads University, Athabasca University, University of New Brunswick, Switzerland’s International Hotel Management Institute and Vancouver Island University.

  • Hospitality Management grads have the know-how to apply for managerial positions in: front office services, general management, accounting or financial, human resources, sales and marketing, food and beverage, and housekeeping.

  • Among specific skills students gain are: customer service (by providing hospitality services in a professional manner); marketing and sales effectiveness (to promote successful operation of a hospitality enterprise); and applying human resources and management knowledge (to enhance performance as an employee and team member).

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