Hospitality Management

Hospitality Management

Develop Your Leadership Skills in the Hospitality Industry

Enjoy creating experiences? Looking for a career that’s constantly evolving? Want a job that can take you all over the world? If you answered yes, Hospitality Management is the program for you!

Hospitality Management prepares you for careers in different sectors of service, including tourism, event planning, and guest relations. At Kirkwood, you’ll learn foundational business knowledge and skills. You’ll also gain industry-specific expertise working side-by-side with professionals at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Our unique curriculum exposes students to front office management, hotel sales, housekeeping management, food and beverage, event management, and more.

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Paying for your degree may be easier than you think with our financial aid and scholarships. Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year!

Graduates of the Hospitality Management program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to manage and coordinate staff and operations in various hotel departments.
  • Employ coaching techniques to successfully train various line-level positions in rooms and food and beverage divisions by conducting effective training sessions.
  • Demonstrate effective customer service strategies through interactions with guests and vendors and extend these principles to interactions with superiors, subordinates, and peers.
  • Calculate and interpret fundamental hospitality cost bases including food and beverage percentages, scheduling and labor costs, yield management analysis, costs associated with inventory control, and variances from budgeted costs.
  • Assess forecasting and revenue generation data produced by industry tools to make effective operational decisions.
  • Manage operational departments of the hotel and synthesize knowledge by applying personal leadership skills through successful performance of manager-on-duty responsibilities.
  • Exhibit understanding of laws related to the hospitality sector, including alcohol liability and patron care responsibilities pertaining to guest service and staff training.
  • Demonstrate appropriate sanitation and safety knowledge in order to minimize the risks associated with food-borne illness.

A program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Program Costs

Hospitality Management A.A.S. 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021

Year One

TERM FALL SPRING TOTAL
Credits: 17 16 33
Tuition: $3,162 $2,976 $6,138
Fees: $310.70 $334.10 $644.80
Books: $745 $510 $1,255

 

Summer

TERM SUMMER TOTAL
Credits: 6 6
Tuition: $1,116 $1,116
Fees: $50 $50
Books: $24 $24

 

Year Two

TERM FALL SPRING TOTAL
Credits: 18 14 32
Tuition: $3,348 $2,604 $5,952
Fees: $170 $50 $220
Books: $844 $420 $1,264

 

TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $16,663.80

 

Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
 
Included fees: Technology Fee, Lab Course Fee, and Ancillary Expenses (Uniforms, Miscellaneous)
 
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 200 In-State; $ 268 Out-of-State; $ 400 International
 
Updated: 1/5/2021

Program Requirements

To get into the Hospitality Management program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

At Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, students in the Hospitality Management program gain hands-on experience by managing a full-service hotel. The only one of its kind at a two-year institution, The Hotel at Kirkwood Center acts as a learning laboratory where students are mentored by industry professionals and interact with customers. Learners rotate through various departments including front office management, hotel sales, housekeeping management and food and beverage services. Additionally, students complete summer internships at other properties to experience different segments of the hospitality industry. The program’s two-year curriculum builds on students’ practical experience and offers courses in hospitality marketing, hotel catering, hospitality law, and revenue management. Upon graduation, students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Hospitality Management and ServSafe® Manager certification. Program graduates have entered careers locally and across the world as food service managers, lodging managers and meeting planners.” -- Association for Career and Technical Education

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The hospitality and travel industry accounts for one out of every 10 employment opportunities, with jobs expected to grow by 25% through 2030. Here are some of the career paths you can take:

  • Hotel general manager
  • Hotel operations supervisor
  • Meeting and convention manager
  • Property operations manager
  • Director of housekeeping
  • Event planner
  • Front Office Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Director of food and beverage

 

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Students in this program earn the National Restaurant Association's Food Protection Management Certificate. This is the food safety certification developed for restaurants and foodservice managers. 

Management-related coursework includes food and beverage, front office and guest services, engineering and risk management, housekeeping, laundry operations, environmental services, legal responsibilities of the industry, the business functions of marketing and accounting, and other hospitality-related business management areas.

Plan of Study Essential Functions

In addition to on-the-job training at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, a separate industry internship allows students to apply their program learning within various other segments of the hospitality industry. Kirkwood students have completed internships across the country, as well as overseas, working for hotels, theme parks, and restaurants. 

2+2 college programs split your four years of college between a community college, and a public or private college or university, saving you money. Like most 2+2 programs, Kirkwood works closely with partnered 4-year institutions to give students a seamless transfer to the next step of their education. Kirkwood’s Hospitality Management program has partnership with three public universities:

Florida International University

Iowa State University

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Students who begin their Hospitality Management studies at Kirkwood pay less for their first two years of college and gain access to real world experience at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

Educate and develop future leaders for the hospitality operations profession.



Questions?

Hospitality Arts
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
319-848-8770
hospitalityarts@kirkwood.edu