Hospitality Management Prepares You For Fast Paced Work Environment

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Summary: The Hospitality Management program at Centennial
College that focuses on restaurant, catering and menu management
takes two years to complete and results in an Ontario College Diploma.

When choosing a Hospitality Management program with a focus on
restaurant, catering and menu management, you want to ensure that
you are enrolling in training that will balance theoretical and practical
learning. That’s because the restaurant business is a quick-paced one
that requires managers to think and act on the go. Just think,
restaurant operations managers work with other managers and owners
in the planning, directing and coordinating of restaurant operations.
They also deal directly with customers and employees and are
responsible for a variety of duties that include financial record keeping
and hiring, handling and firing employees.

At Centennial College, students of the Hospitality Management
program (officially known as Hospitality Management – Restaurant and
Catering) have the benefit of courses taught by professionals that
incorporate hands-on learning, a campus fully equipped to offer them
opportunities for practical application and real-life work experiences
prior to graduation. To apply to Hospitality Management applicants
must possess, 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 assessment.

Once accepted, students study from Centennial College’s Progress
Campus, which houses all of the School of Hospitality and Tourism’s
programs. As such, students have the advantage of facilities that
include a hospitality management centre and real restaurant called
Horizons. This “living lab” allows students to interact with real
customers, run the kitchen, carry out menu management in Canada
and apply what they have learned in class. Speaking of which, the
Hospitality Management program’s curriculum teaches students skills
that are essential to this segment of the industry, including menu
management and design, kitchen management, beverage knowledge
and bartending. These skills are taught through training that includes
business practices in accounting, purchasing, human resources,
supervision and cost control.
To ensure that students have an opportunity to apply what they have
learned, they partake in two field placements. The first field placement
allows them 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 (15 weeks, 240 hours in total)
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

Upon completion of the Hospitality Management program, students
obtain an Ontario College Diploma as well as certifications that include
the Smart Serve program and the National Sanitation Training
certificate. Should they wish, students may pursue further education
though the programs educational partnerships that allow them to
apply academic credit towards further study. Partnership schools
include: Athabasca University, International Hotel Management
Institute (Switzerland), Vancouver Island University, University of New
Brunswick and Royal Roads University (B.C.).

Author Details: Jason wrote this article in which he describes
Centennial College’s Hospitality Management program. This program
trains students for a challenging and satisfying career in restaurant
operations management.

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