Why Choose Hotel Management w/ AAS in RFIM?
The hotel and restaurant industry leads the service segment of our economy with continued expansion and opportunities abounding. Students are prepared for management in all areas, including sales and marketing, rooms division, food and beverage divisions, facilities operations and more. This is accomplished by course work that combines theory with authentic hands-on learning experiences. This degree is for those individual that want a strong business restaurant and hotel degree. Students have numerous opportunities to interact with hotel and restaurant industry professionals, as they are regular guest speakers in classes. There are numerous field trips taken to such places as: hospitality distributors and manufacturing site tours, hotel and restaurant site tours, and hospitality conferences to name a few. The program has an industry advisory board made up of professionals from across the spectrum of the hospitality industry. This networking provides students with an abundance of employment opportunities. The placement rate of graduates nears 100% annually.
More than 20 scholarships are available in the hospitality programs. The awards are based on scholastic accomplishment, industry experience, extracurricular activities, career aspirations, and need. In addition to course work, the program requires a minimum of two 400-hour internships (paid work experience), which is often completed with the nationís finest hotels, leading restaurants, club operations, and lodging establishments. International placement for these work experiences is encouraged.
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The hospitality industry is a people- and service-oriented business. Individuals trained in hospitality programs manage operations where food, lodging or both are provided. These may include luxury, full-service, convention, all-suite, mid-scale and budget hotels, motels, resorts, conference centers, inns, bed and breakfasts, and airline operations.
The Hotel Management program has a joint education partnership with the University-owned Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center to increase student awareness of the complexity of the hospitality industry and provide hands-on opportunities. The hotel allows students to 'test the waters' of the hospitality industry.
The demand for better qualified and professionally trained hospitality managers continues to increase. Social, technical and demographic changes suggest that the industry's growth will extend well into the 21st century. In addition to traditional hospitality venues, there are excellent opportunities for advancement in multi-unit franchise management, corporate staff positions with national and international corporations, and opportunities within the travel and tourism industry.
Applicants must present evidence of graduation from high school or the GED. To enter a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) Program in Business, applicants are expected to meet two of the following: a minimum high school grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale); ACT MATH score of 19 or higher; an ACT READING score of 19 or higher.
The Hotel Management program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall.
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