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Hotel Management Program

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.
Professional Certification
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.