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Hotel, Restaurant, and Event Management - A.A.S. Degree (Career)

Hospitality program at HCC.
Paving the Way to a Career in Hospitality

The HCC Hotel, Restaurant, and Event Management Associate Degree program is a top-notch hospitality program, accredited by both the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) and the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. This program provides a solid academic foundation, essential business and technical knowledge, and hands-on experience across the hospitality industry, including lodging, food and beverage, tourism, and event management.

Students who complete this hotel, restaurant and event management program are well equipped to pursue an array of mid-level career opportunities, from concierge services to food and beverage positions to online hospitality roles. They might coordinate special events for corporate offices or undertake wedding planning.

With digital guest services becoming the norm, online travel agencies such as Expedia and Hotwire need people working behind the scenes to connect travelers to hotels and transportation. Career pathways with a hotel, restaurant, and event management associate degree may include:

  • Banquet Sales Coordinator or Manager
  • Conference Manager
  • Concierge
  • Digital Travel Agent
  • Dining Room Manager
  • Event Planner
  • Executive Housekeeper
  • Food & Beverage Manager
  • Guest Services Manager
  • Hotel General Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Traditional Travel Agent
  • Wedding Planner

Graduates with an Associate Degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Event Management are positioned to:

  • Perform in an entry-level or mid-level management position within the hospitality field.
  • Satisfactorily execute and oversee basic skills, involving food preparation and lodging operations
  • Maintain appropriate cost control and financial management skills.
  • Utilize problem-solving skills related to managerial issues within the hospitality/tourism industry.
  • Demonstrate beginning managerial techniques and supervisory skills, incorporating human resource management components.
  • Operate in a context of legal, ethical, and service modes as set by the industry.

Learn more about pathways to success in the hospitality industry at Center for Hospitality and Culinary Studies

  • Resources

    The Hospitality Study Abroad Program in Ireland

    In Summer 2020, HCC is launching a study abroad program in Ireland for students enrolled in on of two courses: Introduction to Humanities and Travel & Tourism. The program is designed in cooperation with the Athlone Institution of Technology (AIT), located in Athlone, Ireland.

    In Introduction to Humanities, students will explore Irish culture through the arts, architecture, history, and the landscape, and visit important sites in Dublin, Galway, and beyond.

    Travel and Tourism Industry, taught by Hospitality Professor Jodi Roze, brings course goals to life as students experience tourism as both a researcher and a tourist. All excursions in the program tie into an integrative, culminating project examining what drives demand for tourism, service quality, the economics, and how tourists impact the local environment.

    For more information or to register, click here.

  • Program Highlights

    This premier hotel, restaurant, and event management associate degree requires a total of 63 credit hours, including an internship, and is designed for completion in four semesters. The program is organized to provide theory and application for the following arenas within the career:
    • Food and Beverage Management;
    • Lodging Management; and
    • Event Management.

    Variations in internships and availability of electives accommodate those who have no experience as well as those who have relevant past experience. This program will prepare graduates for mid-level employment in hospitality. Transferability to several four-year programs has been developed. The suggested program progression is:
     

    Semester 1

    Course

    CH*

    College Composition

    3

    Introduction to Business and Organization

    3

    Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

    3

    Lodging Management and Operations

    3

    Mathematics Core Course

    3

    Elective

    2

    Semester 2

    Course

    CH*

    Principles of Accounting I

    3

    Principles of Marketing

    3

    Introduction to the Internet

    1

    Hospitality Purchasing and Cost Control

    3

    Food and Beverage Management and Service

    3

    Elective

    3

    Semester 3

    Course

    CH*

    Business Ethics

    3

    Principles of Economics (Macro)

    3

    Dining Room Service

    1

    Science Core Course (must include lab)

    4

    Electives

    5

    Semester 4

    Course

    CH*

    Hospitality Management Internship

    2

    Introduction to Human Communication

    3

    Arts & Humanities Core Group A

    3

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group B

    3

    Elective

    3

    Electives - Food & Beverage Management**

    Course

    CH*

    Culinary Basics

    1

    Foodservice Safety and Sanitation

    1

    Food Preparation I

    3

    Food Preparation II

    3

    Fundamentals of Wines, Spirits, and Beers

    3

    Electives - Lodging Management**

    Course

    CH*

    The Travel and Tourism Industry

    2

    Meetings, Conventions, and Expositions

    3

    Managing the Housekeeping Operation

    2

    Fundamentals of Wines, Spirits, and Beers

    3

    Electives - Event Management**

    Course

    CH*

    The Travel and Tourism Industry

    2

    Meetings, Conventions, and Expositions

    3

    Conference Management

    3

    Social Event and Wedding Management

    3

    *CH=Number of credit hours
    **Elective courses are grouped into two areas, but students are free to select credits from either area.
     

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