Kirkwood Community College

Hospitality Careers Academy


Experience the life of a hospitality professional - everything from interacting with guests and selling rooms to planning events and managing food and beverage services.  


Hands-on activities introduce you to how all the areas within a hotel work, as well as the business and marketing that goes into making a hospitality operation successful.

Career Focus

Hotel Management, Lodging & Tourism, Club and Spa Management, Event Planning, Culinary Arts, and other hospitality-related careers.

Average Salaries
Property Manager
Hospitality Professor
Executive Hotel Manager
 Based on available Iowa salary data at

Hospitality Careers Courses

 Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.

HCM-100 | Sanitation & Safety | 2 credits*

Studies basic principles of bacteriology, food borne illness, sanitation, workplace safety, personal hygiene, food security, health regulations and inspections. Emphasizes the importance of sanitary equipment and facilities, and pest control. Students must complete the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation certification exam to pass this course.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

HCM-207 | Menu Planning | 1.5 credits*

Studies the principles of menu marketing and management. Focuses on writing and analyzing menus for various population groups, types of food service facilities and service styles. Includes the designing of a menu cover.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

HCM-251 | Purchasing, Receiving & Inventory | 2 credits*

Studies principles in purchasing, receiving, issuing, and inventory management. Emphasizes cost management techniques. Practices skills in a clinical lab experience supervised by the purchasing manager of The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

HCM-600 | Introduction to Lodging Operations | 2 credits

Provides an overview of the lodging industry and how its functions are organized and operated. Introduces each of the seven traditional hospitality disciplines: general management, hotel sales, financial control, rooms operations, food and beverage operations, human resources, and physical plant maintenance. Emphasizes business ethics and effective communication.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

HCM-615 | Hospitality Marketing & Social Media | 3 credits

Explores the process to plan and execute the conception of pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services. Creates hospitality-oriented exchanges to satisfy individual and organizational objectives. Teaches strategies for integrating a social media plan into the traditional marketing plan. Focuses on effective social media platforms to drive business and for beneficial responses to customer needs within hospitality.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

MKT-180 | Customer Service Strategies | 1 credit

Incorporates how to target customers and develop appropriate services. Discusses effective customer services as a competition tool.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

* Courses count towards Kirkwood's Culinary Degree Program

Career and Transfer Opportunities
Certification opportunities: National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation certification exam

Complete this Academy and you’ll be ready to begin the Hospitality Management degree program at Kirkwood. Career options upon completion include: accommodation manager, catering supervisor, event organizer, wedding planner, hotel or restaurant manager.

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at