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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.

Hospitality and Tourism
 

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

Hotel Management
2-year AAS degree

Seventy-one luxury rooms, stylish, Euro-chic features, an extensive, completely original art collection of hand-blown glass, student, faculty and local art – every detail at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, floor to ceiling, was hand-chosen to create an amazing atmosphere for guests to enjoy.

This facility is designed as much for the student experience as public guest options. It is a learning laboratory for students to be better prepared when they enter the professional hospitality industry as entry-level managers, completing a variety of functions.
Students spend in excess of 500 hours receiving authentic learning opportunities in the housekeeping, front office, restaurant and sales divisions at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

You will also have the opportunity to apply for the Disney Institute college program, to complete part of your internship requirements. This exciting program is a paid internship that offers unique benefits while working, learning and living at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.



 
Restaurant Management

Restaurant Management
2-year AAS degree

In addition to management and food service techniques that you’ll learn as part of the staff of The Class Act Restaurant, your instruction also will cover nutrition, purchasing, sanitation, computers, human relations and some of the legal aspects of the hospitality industry. This program prepares students for entry-level management positions.

During your last semester, you’ll 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.

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.



 
  To learn more about The Hotel at Kirkwood Center and
The Class Act Restaurant, go to www.thehotelatkirkwood.com.



 
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