Athens Technical College Helps Students Prepare for a Career in Hospitality
Date: Aug 15,2016
The Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program of study at Athens Technical College equips students with the knowledge and skills to launch or advance a career in hospitality, Georgia’s second largest industry. Those who enjoy working with people in a fast-paced environment are provided with the academic background and real-world internship experience to be successful, and they will not have to go far to find employment opportunities. This region has numerous hotels, restaurants, and country clubs, from limited service to luxury resorts. Graduates may also choose to work at chambers of commerce, convention centers, travel agencies, airlines, and hospitals or schools. Whether graduates decide to stay in Georgia or travel the world, a hospitality degree is very marketable.
Our students come from many different backgrounds. Many people take a part-time job in the hospitality industry while they are in high school or college and find they enjoy the work. They are promoted based on their technical skills and sometimes find themselves overwhelmed by a lack of business knowledge. Other individuals enjoy the creativity that comes with event planning and would like to expand their knowledge. That is where the Athens Technical College hospitality programs can help. We focus on developing management skills, finesse, and professionalism.
Athens Technical College offers both an associate of applied science degree (AAS) and a diploma in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. The degree program requires 60 semester hours of credit. The diploma program requires 44 semester hours of credit. Full-time students may complete the associate degree in two years or less.
Athens Technical College also offers Technical Certificates of Credit (TCCs) in Hotel Management, Hospitality Industry Human Resources, Event Planning, Hospitality Customer Service Provider, Front Office Manager, Restaurant Manager, and Travel and Tourism. These shorter programs of study range from 9 to 18 semester hours of credit and allow students to discover if a particular specialization is right for them prior to enrolling in a diploma or degree program. TCCs are particularly attractive to experienced or degreed individuals who need the essential knowledge in order to transition into hospitality supervision or management. Our graduates are working domestically and internationally.
In addition to general education course requirements, hospitality classes include:
- industry survey
- business etiquette and communication
- event planning
- hospitality industry accounting and financial management
- supervision and leadership
- travel geography
- hotel operations management
- food and beverage management
- hospitality marketing
- hospitality law
- tour and cruise management
- an internship
All of the credential options for the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program emphasize certain essential skills. First and foremost, the hospitality manager needs a heart of service, which means a genuine desire to please the customer and provide excellence in both product and service. In addition, he or she needs to demonstrate a positive attitude and professional people skills. Interpersonal skills such as the desire to work as a team player, strong written and oral communication skills, and a respect for diversity in guests, co-workers, and subordinates make a successful hospitality manager. A manager must also be able to work under pressure in a constantly changing environment. Anticipating customer needs is critical to success. The ability to think creatively and look for solutions to problems is important, too. Finally, the ability to be flexible and patient is paramount.
Prospective students may apply for admission to Athens Technical College in person at their local Athens Technical College campus or by visiting our website at www.athenstech.edu. For more information on hospitality programs, please contact Dr. Jackie Wilson at 706-583-2749 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.Info on Dr. Jackie Wilson
Dr. Jackie Wilson has been the program chair for Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management since the program’s inception in April of 2004. She earned her Ph.D. in Adult Education with a focus on Human Resource/ Organization Development at the University of Georgia. Her business background includes fifteen years of hotel management experience in Georgia and Florida. She was an adjunct hotel management instructor at UGA for five years in the College of Consumer Economics. She has been the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Instructional Faculty Consortium Committee Chair for the Technical College System of Georgia since 2012. She received the Louis B. Griffith Hospitality Leadership Award in 2008 and was a finalist for the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction in 2010, 2015, and 2016.