Hotel Management

The hotel and resort business is booming in Orange County. People from all over the world are drawn to our internationally known theme parks and resorts. Meeting the needs and expectations of travelers from near and far is the job of the hotel manager. From check-in to check-out, the manager must ensure a great stay. If you strive for excellence and love interacting with people, the OCC Career Advantage Hotel Management training program can give you the skills you need to start a career in hotel guest services, operations or management. Choose from a number of different specialty certificate programs or earn an associate degree. Channel your passion for service into a rewarding career. Read on to learn about your options.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Front Office Operations
Homeland Security
Enhancing Guest Service

Human Resource Management
Catering Design and Management
Spa Industry Finance

Did you know?

Hotels have experienced six consecutive years of job creation, with continued growth projected, while opportunities for event planners will grow faster than average through 2026, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in hotel management – or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Prepare for a position within the front office of a hotel. This program provides essential preparation to supervise and manage within operational areas in a hotel, as well as knowledge and techniques to develop effective leadership and decision-making skills. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for a sales or marketing role in the hospitality, event or meeting management industry. Learn about cultural tourism, guest service, hospitality operations and more. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for – or advance in – a hotel industry position in the area of human resources by gaining insight into decision-making skills and organizational understanding. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for a position as a meeting, convention or event planner within the hospitality, travel and tourism industries. Gain a solid understanding of the myriad details and behind-the-scenes considerations needed to assure a client’s meeting or event is a success. You may choose individual courses that match your needs and interests or pursue a certificate of achievement. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for a position as a supervisor, manager, director or owner in the spa industry. Learn business and management strategies, desirable skills for successful day-to-day operations, combined with long-term strategies necessary for growth and profitability. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Prepare for a position as a supervisor or manager within the hospitality industry, the fastest-growing industry in Southern California, and earn the credits you need to transfer to a four-year college. This degree program is for you, whether you are looking to enter the hospitality industry or you want to advance in your hospitality career. View program detail in course catalog.


To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers online, evening and weekend courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

Our Team

Jordan Clark

Jordan Clark, M.S.

Career Technical Education & Career Services Outreach Specialist

Katie Ottoson

Katie Ottoson, M.S.

Counselor, CTE and
Career Services

Andrea Lane

Counselor, Hospitality

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