Hospitality and Tourism

Prepare for an exciting career in the hospitality and tourism industry! At Kirkwood, you’ll learn from the best, working alongside gourmet chefs at The Class Act Restaurant and professional hoteliers at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

Students fill training and support roles that match their progress through our programs. They serve as chefs, concierges, caterers, supervisors, guest room attendants, restaurant servers and bell staff. Taking teaching to the next level, our Hospitality Arts programs feature block curriculum.

For example, instead of meeting twice a week for 16 weeks, you might meet five days a week for six weeks. This schedule fully immerses you in specific topics, allows for better continuity in content and sequential topic presentation.

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There are times when students are required to be “in class” on weekends, in order to gain experience during The Hotel’s busiest times.

Our graduates find work in everything from casual and fine dining restaurants, to casinos and large food corporations, locally, across the United States and internationally. Once they leave our programs, they will be even better prepared to enter the workforce.

Baking and Pastry Arts

Baking and Pastry Arts
1-year diploma

Learn the fundamentals, then create delicious pastries, breads and other baked goods for guests at The Class Act Restaurant and The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.


Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts
2-year AAS degree

Featuring seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, dining at The Class Act is a delicious one-of-a-kind experience. The Class Act also serves as a real-time, real-world teaching environment for Kirkwood’s groundbreaking Culinary Arts program. Our menus are designed differently, far more creatively, in response to our teaching responsibility. Our guests have very high expectations for what is prepared here, so you will learn culinary arts in a real-world setting.

You will receive more than one full year of faculty-directed lab instruction. Then, put your training to work by planning, preparing and serving at catered events at The Kirkwood Center. Students are required to purchase professional uniforms and tools to use when in labs and kitchens.

Field trips to various food service establishments and an optional trip to the industry’s national convention are also included in the course of study. International travel and education opportunities are available for culinary students.

This program is fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. You’ll have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certification upon completion of the program.


Hotel Management
2-year AAS degree

The goal of this program is to prepare students to work in entry-level leadership positions, such as supervisors and assistant managers, in hotel operations and food and beverage operations. This industry has been expanding as part of the growing service economy and there is a demand for individuals with a college education and work experience.

Students in this program will learn about the day-to-day operations of a lodging facility from practical experience working in The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Course work exposes students to food and dining, management, hotel operations and other hospitality business topics.

Restaurant Management

Restaurant Management
2-year AAS degree

Students in Kirkwood's Hospitality Arts programs prepare for their careers through practical experience in management, food preparation and service at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. International education opportunities are also available.

In addition to management and food service techniques, instruction covers related technical subjects including nutrition, purchasing, sanitation, computers, human relations and legal aspects of the hospitality industry. This program prepares students for entry-level management positions.

Students assist in the operation of The Class Act Restaurant, a full-service restaurant at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The restaurant features fine dining for hotel and conference center guests, Kirkwood staff and the public. Students assist in planning, preparing and servicing catered events at The Kirkwood Center during their last semester. Students are required to purchase professional uniforms and tools to use when in labs and services areas.

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