The goal of this program is to prepare students to work in entry-level positions of responsibility within the hospitality industry. 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.
Internships and on-the-job training are also important components of this program to help prepare students to work in the field. Students are required to complete an internship at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, which is a full-service hotel. Students are required to purchase professional uniforms when training at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Students are also required to complete an externship at another property to experience different segments of the hotel industry.
Students may apply to the Disney Institute college program to complete part of their internship requirements. This exciting program is a paid internship that offers students unique benefits while working, learning and living at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.