FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Students are now able to earn stackable certificates in the Hospitality program at Highland Community College.
When the Hospitality program began in 2015, with an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS), it was decided to add certificates to provide specialized pathways. Now students are able to earn certificates in Hospitality Start-Up, Restaurant Management, and Hotel Management.
“The certificates will allow those students who are looking to focus on a particular area to provide them with the corresponding skills and knowledge needed in a shorter time frame (and less time commitment) than the 2-year degree,” said Evan Talbert, Hospitality instructor. “This is ideal for students with a strong interest in a specific field already, especially those already working in the industry and looking to strengthen skills to allow them to move up the ladder.”
The Highland Community College Hospitality Management degree creates a pathway for those pursuing a career within the hotel and hospitality industry. Students gain the core skills necessary to work in a group or independently. Participants learn entry-level hospitality field skills in the traditional classroom, alternative delivery methods, and workplace experiences.
The Hospitality Start-up Certificate is geared toward those interested in starting/owning their own business in the hospitality industry. The certificate is a specialized plan within the AAS degree that provides the knowledge and training students need to enter the hospitality field.
The Restaurant Management Certificate and the Hotel Management Certificate are additional specialized plans within the AAS degree. These certificates focus on the specific needs of those entering restaurant and hotel management.
Students completing one or more of these certificates are well on their way to earning the Hospitality Management AAS and may wish to consider pursuing further coursework to complete the degree.
For more information visit highland.edu.