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Hospitality Management - A.A.S. Degree

Business & Technology
Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science
Three options: Restaurant, Hotel, and Meeting and Event Planning

Program Narrative
Employment in the Hospitality industry has reached record-breaking levels locally and internationally. As the industry has expanded, consumer expectations about the quality of their experiences at hotels and restaurants have also been raised to new heights. The Hospitality industry offers exciting and rewarding career options. Your education makes a difference in how competitive you will be for high-paying, senior-level positions.

Northampton Community College offers state-of-the-art training facilities, classroom study, and hands-on practical application. Our program prepares you to gain entry-level management positions in restaurants, hotels, and several hundred other hospitality related careers. Your internship course at Northampton will allow you to begin your career in the hospitality field, while gaining the work experience needed to help you climb the ladder of success. Students develop their specialized skills in the area of their choice, and can advance to management positions within 6 months to 1 year. The National Restaurant Association and The American Hotel and Motel Association offers scholarships to students interested in furthering their career with a formal education.

Restaurant Option

Program Features
For students interested in a career in hospitality food and beverage management, Northampton offers students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in applied science in Restaurant Management. Some of the core classes in the program include basic culinary skills and techniques, food safety and sanitation, menu planning and cost controls, catering and convention services, dining room operations, and strategic leadership. Students will have hands-on working experience in the "Hampton Winds" restaurant and at campus special events.

The Hospitality Management program fosters teamwork, professionalism, and learning through experience. Students will be prepared for a career in the hospitality industry by classroom learning supplemented with field trips, guest speakers and industry certifications. All students will complete a 225 hour management practicum, where they will complete an internship in their area of interest.

Course credit or advanced placement options may exist for students coming from local high schools and vocational schools. Northampton also has agreements with several colleges and universities for students interested in transferring to a four year school upon completion of the program. Program instructors and college advisors can help determine the education and career path that will lead students to a successful future.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Program Outcomes: Restaurant Option
Graduates of the program will:

  • Acquire and correctly use general industry information, technical skills, and certifications for employment in the hospitality industry.
  • Listen and effectively communicate in a positive, professional, and ethical manner with customers and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
  • Display a professional image, positive attitude, strong work ethic, and recognize your role in the success of the organization where you are employed.
  • Read and accurately interpret standard indicators of the organization's financial health.
  • Use appropriate technology for written communication, information gathering, and data analysis to facilitate smooth operation of a hospitality organization.
  • Demonstrate leadership and supervisory skills, and an appreciation of diversity to support the organization and its goals.
  • Use organization and flexibility, as a team, to complete tasks, make decisions, and problem solve in a timely manner.
  • Utilize research and problem-solving techniques to employ "out of the box" critical thinking skills in a variety of hospitality situations.

Hospitality Management: Restaurant Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title
Credits
First Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication
3
CULA 102 Food Safety and Sanitation
2
ENGL 101C English I
3
FOOD 110 Food Preparation I
4
HOSP 101 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
3
15
Second Semester
ACCT 100 or Accounting for Non-Accountants or
ACCT 101 Financial Accounting I

3

ENGL 151R English II (Report Writing)
3
FOOD 123 Menu Planning and Food and Beverage Cost Control
3
HOSP 105 Enhancing Guest Service
3
HOSP 111 Food and Beverage Management
3
----------- General Education Elective (SIT or SSHB)
3
18
Third Semester
HOSP 130 Convention Services and Catering Management
3
HOSP 210 Human Resources Management for the Hospitality Industry
3
HOSP 212 Hospitality Financial Reporting

3

HOSP 215 Hospitality Sales and Marketing

3

----------- Mathematics (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective
3/4
----------- General Education Elective (AH)
3
18/19
Fourth Semester
FOOD 250 Dining Room Operations
4
HOSP 201 Strategic Leadership in Hospitality
3
HOSP 221G Hospitality Management Practicum
3
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology
3
----------- Elective
3
16
Total Credits
67/68

 

  • For the General Education Electives, students must select one course from the list of approved Arts & Humanities (AH) courses and one course from the lists of approved courses in Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT); or Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness(D).

Career Potential: Restaurant Operations Supervisor/Manager/Owner, Conference Services/, Banquet Supervisor/Manager, Contract Food service supervisor/manager, food broker/distributor, several other restaurant related entry-level positions.

NCC students have transferred to:
Pennsylvania State University, East Stroudsburg University, University of Delaware, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Johnson and Wales University

Hotel Option

Program Features
For students interested in a career in hotel management, Northampton offers students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in applied science in Hospitality Management. Some of the core classes in this program include rooms division management, enhancing guest services, hospitality law, financial reporting, sales and marketing, human resources management, and strategic leadership. Students can supplement their core courses with classes focused on meeting and event planning, casino operations, club management, and resort management.

The Hospitality Management program fosters teamwork, professionalism, and learning through experience. Students will be prepared for a career in the hospitality industry by classroom learning supplemented with field trips, guest speakers and industry certifications. All students will complete a 225 hour management practicum, where they will complete an internship in their area of interest.

Course credit or advanced placement options may exist for students coming from local high schools and vocational schools. Northampton also has agreements with several colleges and universities for students interested in transferring to a four year school upon completion of the program. Program instructors and college advisors can help determine the education and career path that will lead students to a successful future.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Program Outcomes: Hotel Option
Graduates of the program will:

  • Acquire and correctly use general industry information, technical skills, and certifications for employment in the hospitality industry.
  • Listen and effectively communicate in a positive, professional, and ethical manner with customers and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
  • Display a professional image, positive attitude, strong work ethic, and recognize your role in the success of the organization where you are employed.
  • Read and accurately interpret standard indicators of the organization's financial health.
  • Use appropriate technology for written communication, information gathering, and data analysis to facilitate smooth operation of a hospitality organization.
  • Demonstrate leadership and supervisory skills, and an appreciation of diversity to support the organization and its goals.
  • Use organization and flexibility, as a team, to complete tasks, make decisions, and problem solve in a timely manner.
  • Utilize research and problem-solving techniques to employ "out of the box" critical thinking skills in a variety of hospitality situations.

Hospitality Management: Hotel Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title
Credits
First Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication
3
ENGL 101C English I
3
HOSP 101 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
3
HOSP 105 Enhancing Guest Service
3
------------ Mathematics (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective
3/4
15/16
Second Semester
ACCT 100 or Accounting for Non-Accountants or
ACCT 101 Financial Accounting I

3

ENGL 151R English II (Report Writing)
3
HOSP 215 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
3
HOSP 111 Food and Beverage Management
3
HOTL 207 Rooms Division Management
3
------------ Required Program Elective +

3/4

18/19
Third Semester
HOSP 210 Human Resources Management for the Hospitality UIndustry
3
HOSP 212 Hospitality Financial Reporting
3
HOTL 110 Hospitality Law

3

----------- Required Program Elective +
3/4
----------- General Education Elective (AH)
3
15/16
Fourth Semester
HOSP 130 Convention Services & Catering Management

3

HOSP 201 Strategic Leadership in Hospitality

3

HOSP 221G Hospitality Management Practicum

3

PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology
3
------------ General Education Elective (SIT or SSHB)

3

------------ Elective
3
18
Total Credits

66/69


+
Students are required to take a minimum of 6 credits from the list of Program Electives: FOOD 123 (3 cr), 250 (4 cr), HOTL 140 (2 cr), 150 (2 cr), 160 (3 cr), or MEPL 112(3 cr), 122 (3 cr).

  • For the General Education Electives, students must select one course from the list of approved Arts & Humanities (AH) courses and one course from the lists of approved courses in Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT); or Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).

Career Potential: Hotel Operations Supervisor/ Manager, Guest Services Supervisor/Manager, Human Resources Entry-level Manager, Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Related Entry-level Positions

NCC students have transferred to: Pennsylvania State University, East Stroudsburg University, University of Delaware, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Johnson and Wales University

Meeting and Event Planning Option

Program Features
Students earning an associate degree in applied science in Hospitality Management: Meeting and Event Planning will gain solid business knowledge and comprehensive skills designed to help prepare for a career in the event and meeting industries for any of the corporate, association, social, leisure, or hospitality and tourism arenas. Curriculum exposes students to develop and enhance planning and coordination skills, sales techniques, to research locations and activities available, and gain business acumen necessary for success in providing the highest level of guest service and satisfaction. Extensive techniques are examined for increasing organizational skills and the attention to detail necessary to carry out events and meetings of all sizes.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations. Job opportunities will be best for individuals with a bachelor's degree and some experience as a meeting planner, as the work and responsibilities are becoming more complex.

The Hospitality Management program fosters teamwork, professionalism, and learning through experience. Students will be prepared for a career in the hospitality industry by classroom learning supplemented with field trips, guest speakers and industry certifications. All students will complete a 225 hour management practicum, where they will complete an internship in their area are of interest.

Course credit or advanced placement options may exist for students coming from local high schools and vocational schools. Northampton also has agreements with several colleges and universities for students interested in transferring to a four year school upon completion of the program. Program instructors and college advisors can help determine the education and career path that will lead students to a successful future.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Hospitality Management: Meeting and Event Planning
The following new program outcomes for the Hospitality Management program focus upon the competencies required of a successful manager/supervisor in the hospitality industry. Graduates of the program will:

  1. Acquire and correctly use general industry information, technical skills, and certifications for employment in the hospitality industry.
  2. Listen and effectively communicate in a positive, professional, and ethical manner with customers and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
  3. Display a professional image, positive attitude, strong work ethic, and recognize your role in the success of the organization where you are employed.
  4. Read and accurately interpret standard indicators of the organization's financial health.
  5. Use appropriate technology for written communication, information gathering, and data analysis to facilitate smooth operation of a hospitality organization.
  6. Demonstrate leadership and supervisory skills, and an appreciation of diversity to support the organization and its goals.
  7. Use organization and flexibility, as a team, to complete tasks, make decisions, and problem solve in a timely manner.
  8. Utilize research and problem-solving techniques to employ "out of the box" critical thinking skills in a variety of hospitality situations.

                                            First Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101C English I 3
HOSP 101 Intro to the Hospitality Industry 3
MEPL 112 Meeting and Convention Management 3
--------------- Math (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective 3/4
15/16

                                            Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
ACCT 100 or ACCT 101 Accounting for Non-Accountants or Financial Accounting I 3
ENGL 151R English II (Report Writing) 3
HOSP 105 Enhancing Guest Services 3
HOSP 111 Food and Beverage Management 3
MEPL 122 Special Event Management 3
---------------- General Education Elective (SIT or SSHB) 3
18

                                            Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
HOSP 210 Human Resource Management for the Hospitality Industry 3
HOSP 212 Hospitality Financial Reporting 3
HOSP 215 Hospitality Sales and Marketing 3
MEPL 132 Event Promotion & Sponsorship 3
---------------- General Education Elective (AH) 3
15

                                            Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
HOSP 130 Convention Services and Catering 3
HOSP 201 Strategic Leadership in Hospitality 3
HOSP 221G Hospitality Management Practicum 3
MEPL 143 or
MEPL 147
Event & Meeting Facilities Management or The Business of Social Events and Wedding Consulting 3
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology 3
--------------- Elective 3
18

Total Credits

66-67

  • Completion of both ENGL 101C and ENGL 151L satisfy the computer literacy requirement.
  • For the General Education Electives, students must select one course from the list of approved Arts & Humanities (AH) courses and one course from the list of approved courses in Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT) or Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).

 
Career Potential: Meeting Planner, Event Coordinator, Destination Management Coordinator, Wedding/Social Event Planner, Conference/Convention Services Planner, Special Events/Entertainment Coordinator, Festival Coordinator

 

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