Associate in Science
The mission of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program is to educate, train, and develop students for career-oriented positions as cooks and managers in the dynamic foodservice and hospitality industries. The College successfully recruits, retains, and graduates students who progress through curricular cohorts. Program requirements are rooted in competencies developed by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) and the Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), and emphasize a practical, hands-on application approach to understanding the foundations of culinary arts and hospitality management.
The Hospitality and Tourism Management program provides students with basic hospitality management principles and training for supervisory/management positions in the hotel, motel, lodging, and tourism industries. The program provides students with a foundation for building a rewarding career in a dynamic, growing industry. The hospitality industry is the second largest and fastest growing industry in Florida.
Educational coursework includes emphasis on communication, management, human relations, and leadership skills. Through the internship program, hospitality management students gain college credit and valuable, profitable work experience.
Candidates for jobs must have an understanding of accounting principles, good customer service skills, and basic knowledge of personnel and operations management. A typical job title would be assistant manager (of front desk, housekeeping, or operations).
Students enrolled in food production courses are required to purchase the College approved knife set, an approved chef’s uniform, and solid black non-skid shoes. Students enrolled in dining room courses are required to purchase the College approved dining room uniforms.
A minimum grade of C or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.
Two technical certificates are available as options within this degree program: Food and Beverage Management (6050) (T.C.) and Guests Services Specialist (6052) (T.C.) . Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for one of the aforementioned technical certificates. If you meet the requirements for a technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate(s) upon meeting their requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate please contact an advisor to do so.
Students are required to complete 600 internship hours in the hospitality/tourism field.
The culinary and hospitality fields are consistently among the hottest, fastest-growing industries, especially in Florida. Many employers in today’s market are expressing a preference for education over experience. Nationally, the demand for graduate hospitality managers already surpasses the number of viable candidates.
Upon completion of coursework, Florida State College at Jacksonville does not guarantee employment or salary in a given field of study. Any jobs or salaries mentioned are given as examples of potential employment not a representation of guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.
Graduates are eligible for the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe Manager certification. Visit servsafe.com for more information.
This program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), 203 Morris Street, PO Box 400, Oxford MD 21654, (410) 226-5527.
Students interested in applying to the Hospitality and Tourism Management program must:
- Complete an admissions application or be currently enrolled with Florida State College at Jacksonville or be a former Florida State College at Jacksonville student.
- If applicable, present to the Program Manager official transcripts from another college or university.
- Complete and submit an applicable for financial aid, if needed.
Prospective students must be advised by the Instructional Program Manager immediately upon enrolling at Florida State College at Jacksonville and before the first semester classes are selected, to ensure proper sequence. Students are enrolled in cohorts. Students will also be advised by a counselor for general academic and financial direction. This program is offered at Downtown Campus during the day and evening.
Need More Information? Contact:
Kasey Anderson, Instructional Program Manager, Downtown Campus, (904) 633-8129 or firstname.lastname@example.org
More Information Online
- Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA): acpha-cahm.org