Department of Hospitality Arts

Envision Your Career in the Global Hospitality Industry

Great careers in hospitality start at Kirkwood. You’ll gain practical experience in management and food preparation that will ensure you’re job-ready when you graduate. Learn from passionate, experienced instructors who will supervise you in how to operate the bakery and catering service.

Students gain hands-on experience in two state-of-the-art facilities. You can work in The Class Act, which features exquisite dining for the public. Students also help run The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. In addition to learning management techniques and food preparation, technical subjects such as financial record keeping, food fundamentals, nutrition, computers, food purchasing, sanitation, equipment, human relations, and the safety and legal aspects of the hospitality industry.

Hospitality Programs

Department Details

If your academic and career goals include a four-year degree or beyond, Kirkwood Community College is a great place to start! Our students transfer to colleges and universities around the country. Listed below are the four-year universities that have articulation agreements with Kirkwood's Hospitality Arts department.

  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Alberta, Canada
    Culinary Arts (Bakery Emphasis)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
    Restaurant Management

For more information on transferring from Hospitality Arts to another school, contact the Hospitality Arts department at 319-848-8770.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

This world-class teaching hotel brings a new, real-world learning style to students in Kirkwood Community College's Hospitality Arts programs. Because much of the classroom time is spent catering and working in the hotel and conference center, students gain remarkable, practical experience. This experience sets them apart from students in other hospitality programs. Come be a part of something exciting!

The Class Act Restaurant

Learning is delicious at The Class Act Restaurant. Located at The Kirkwood Center, The Class Act features breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by our students under the guidance of professional staff. Our menu changes seasonally, ensuring the freshest quality ingredients and new and exciting choices for our guests. 


Vision Statement
The Center for Hospitality Excellence will lead the world in educating and preparing the finest hospitality professionals that will impact the global community.
Mission Statement
To be the best place to learn, recruit and stay.
We will do this by teaching, developing and serving.

Job Retention*

2018 – 2019



Graduation Rate

2018 – 2019



ACF Certification**

2018 – 2019



% of surveyed graduates who have chosen to remain employed in the culinary field 9 months after graduation.
** % of surveyed graduates who have chosen to pursue external American Culinary Federation Certification.

Department of Hospitality Arts
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
319-848-8770 phone
319-848-8751 fax

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