Recognizing the popularity of hospitality programs among younger college students, many community colleges are building new facilities and introducing associate’s degree hospitality programs. Most schools offer business as an option for students interested in hotel and restaurant management, but new hospitality-specific programs are designed to provide students with a more thorough training and a competitive edge in the job market, without having to complete a four-year degree. Here are just a few of the many community colleges across the country with programs specifically designed for the future hotelier or restaurant manager.

Kirkwood Community College (Iowa)

Although it offers several different hospitality concentrations, Kirkwood is recognized for its hotel management program. The school owns a hotel featuring 71 guest rooms, in addition to a gourmet restaurant. Students receive training at the hotel facilities which include culinary and bakery labs, classrooms, computer labs, and an auditorium.

Scott Community College (Iowa)

The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center at Scott is a $ 2.3 million facility with a full kitchen and dining room. Students in the hospitality programs also have access to a hotel guest room, front desk and laundry facility so that they can learn, hands-on, how a hotel operates.

Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio)

The new Hospitality Management Center at Cuyahoga boasts a demonstration studio and a video “wall” for passers-by to view instruction from outside of the classroom. The college offers programs in food service management, hotel and tourism management, and culinary arts. The training center also partners with local establishments to provide students with work experience and also to offer continuing education courses to working professionals in the industry.

Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana)

The degree offered through Ivy Tech is called hospitality administration. It offers concentration in five different areas ranging from baking and pastry arts to event management. Allhospitality programs provide training in organization and management skills, communication, budget management and coordination. Ivy Tech also offers a 30-32 credit hour technical certificate.

Emily writes about Online Education for – a resource site for those interested in earning a degree online.

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