The Hospitality and Tourism Management Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career within the hospitality industry.
Not only is our program located in Orlando, one of the most popular tourist areas in the country, it also boasts a state-of-the-art facility—the Walt Disney World Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, complete with a sophisticated computer lab equipped with a dynamic point-of-sale system and a hotel front desk simulation area. Valencia’s program combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training to help you move into supervisory and mid-management positions in lodging, food service, tourism, and hospitality. One of the most valuable aspects of the program is the 240-hour internship, which enables you to develop skills and expertise in guest services and management, as well as technical areas.
The Hospitality Industry and its corresponding requirement for trained management employees is expanding. Whether you are interested in learning employable skills for the hospitality industry or upgrading your current talents, Valencia has courses that may interest you. Valencia's Hospitality program combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training to help students move into supervisory and mid-management positions in lodging, food service, tourism, and hospitality.
This program provides two Career Paths. One that is designated for students who seek immediate employment in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management and/or a second Career Path for those who plan to utilize the articulated A.S. to B.S. career path to transfer to the University of Central Florida or Florida International University as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration/Management.
Learn How To
- Analyze and control food and labor costs, monitor sales, evaluate competition and develop a marketing plan.
- Hire and train personnel and determine schedules.
- Plan and execute banquets, conventions and other major events.
- Plan, organize and manage the operation of restaurants, hotels, motels and other eating and lodging facilities.
One out of every five jobs in Central Florida is in the hospitality industry. With Orlando as the hospitality capital of the world, career opportunities are abundant. From cruise ships to convention centers, four-star restaurants to five-diamond resorts, theme parks and travel operations, exciting career opportunities are waiting to be filled.
- Food Service or Lodging Manager
- Front Office Supervisor
- Reservations Supervisor
- Catering/Banquet Sales and Service
- Event Planning Specialist
- Food and Beverage Specialist
- Guest Services Specialist