The Hotel, Travel, Tourism, and Spa Management programs at Orange Coast College use materials from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the world leader in hospitality education and training. Students who successfully complete these courses earn globally recognized certificates from the American Hotel & Lodging Association in addition to college credits applicable toward a Certificate or Associate Degree at Orange Coast College.
The Hotel Management program combines hotel service courses with educational courses to prepare students for real-world situations. The program focuses on practical application, which enables students to put management theory to the test through internships and hands-on experiences.
Upon approval from the Program Coordinator, curriculum may be adjusted to meet the needs of students with extensive industry related experience.
A student may opt to “dual major” by applying some of these courses to the Airline, Hotel, Spa, or Travel & Tourism Certificate or Degree programs.
Students can earn professional certification, the lodging industry's ultimate distinction in excellence, while they are still in school.
Why certify? Professional certification, from line-level to general manager, establishes hospitality as a viable career option and provides a career path with milestones that mark every professional advancement. When students pursue certification, they benefit from:
- Acknowledgement that they possess the skills and competencies required for success in their position
- Tangible recognition for their experience and knowledge in the area of certification
- Valuable opportunities for professional development and growth
- A strong edge in today's competitive marketplace
Many hotel companies and properties mandate certification because it encourages commitment to a career in hospitality. Students who build on their work experience by earning professional certification from Orange Coast College and the Educational Institute before they graduate, send a message to potential employers that they are motivated to learn and driven to succeed.