Hospitality Management Takes Just Two Years to Complete

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					   Hospitality Management Takes Just Two
              Years to Complete
Did you know that attending a Hospitality Management program, such
as Centennial College’s Hospitality Management – Restaurant and
Catering undertaking results in a challenging and satisfying career in
restaurant operations management? In this position, the professional
oversees the day-to-day operations of a restaurant. More specifically,
he or she: manages daily operations, and organizes the use of
materials and employee resources; ensures all materials used in food
preparation and serving are working properly; orders new
refrigerators, pots and blenders or calls for repair services; plays an
active role in marketing the restaurant and devising promotional
programs; interacts with customers and vendors and ensures that
their needs are met in a timely and satisfactory manner; manages
inventory and keeps financial records of purchases and sales; and
works with the human resources department to train, develop, hire,
retain and fire employees.

The skills needed to carry out these tasks take two years to master
with Centennial College’s Hospitality Management program, which
results in an Ontario College Diploma as well as certifications that
include the Smart Serve program and the National Sanitation Training
certificate. Hospitality Management applicants must posses at
minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent,
or have mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they
must have finished the English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills

Once accepted, students of the Hospitality Management program learn
everything they need to be comfortable and familiar with menu
management and design, kitchen management, beverage knowledge
and bartending. This is achieved through a combination of theory and
practical training that includes business practices in accounting,
purchasing, human resources, supervision and cost control. Courses
also cover business practices in accounting, purchasing, human
resources, supervision and cost control.

Helping students to retain their newly acquired knowledge is access to
the facilities at Progress Campus. These facilities include a hospitality
management centre and real restaurant called Horizons. This “living
lab” allow Hospitality Management program students to interact with
customers, run the kitchen, and carry out menu management and

In addition, students partake in two field placements. The first
Hospitality Management program field placement enables learners to
better understand the dynamics of the kitchen manager position
increase their knowledge of industry practices and provides a
competitive advantage of experience in the job market. The second
Hospitality Management field placement provides students with a
continued learning experience, this time in the restaurant and catering
manager positions. Among the Hospitality Management program’s
industry partners are: Swiss Chalet, Kelsey’s, Milestones, Red Lobster,
The Keg, Jack Astor’s, Canyon Creek and more.

Those who successfully complete the Hospitality Management program
can further education through the Hospitality Management program’s
partnerships, which them to apply academic credit towards further
study. Among these partnership school are: Athabasca University,
International Hotel Management Institute (Switzerland), Vancouver
Island University, University of New Brunswick and Royal Roads
University (B.C.).

Author Details: In this piece, Klaudia provides information on the
Hospitality Management program and Menu Management Program at
Centennial College, which takes two years to complete and sees
graduates working in places like Swiss Chalet, The Keg and more.

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