Four New Career Studies Certificate Programs at TNCC Target Hospitality Industry


Published: June 8, 2007

To meet the demand for skilled workers in the field of hospitality, Thomas Nelson Community College will be offering four new Career Studies Certificate programs in Hospitality Management, Food Service Hospitality, Recreation and Parks Management and Lodging Management. The career studies certificate programs have been designed for individuals who may be interested in entering the hospitality field or for those who are currently working in the hospitality industry but who are seeking to advance their careers. Classes will be offered at the Hampton and the Historic Triangle campuses.

Employment projections from the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that leisure and hospitality employment will increase 17.7 percent across the United States in the 2004-14 timeframe (http://www.bls.gov/iag/leisurehosp.htm).  According to the Virginia Employment Commission, the growth in Virginia during the same period of time will be 21.5 percent (http://velma.virtuallmi.com).

The report from the Virginia Employment Commission also indicates that in 2006, the largest numbers of employees in the City of Williamsburg and York County were in the Accommodation and Food Services sector, followed by retail trade. In James City County the largest major industry sector was Arts, Entertainment and Recreation (17 percent), followed by retail trade (13 percent) and Accommodation and Food Services (12 percent).

“By offering these certificate programs, Thomas Nelson Community College is meeting the employment needs of a growing industry and providing citizens with the skills they need to obtain jobs that can help them start or build a successful career in the hospitality industry,” said Dr. William Travis, former Dean of the Business and Public Services Division, now Provost for the College’s Historic Triangle campus. “These certificate programs will also give students the class instruction and hands-on experience needed to provide world-class service during celebrations such as the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown and other events that will continue to be held on the Peninsula.”

These career studies certificate programs form the groundwork from which an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Hospitality and Parks and Recreation Management will be developed within a year. The Associate Degree will have specializations in the various areas of the hospitality industry. These courses may also transfer to four-year degree programs.

Anne Andrews, a Thomas Nelson Community College faculty, formed and chaired an Advisory Task Force comprised of members of the hospitality industry across the Peninsula to develop the unique curricula. “The Advisory Task Force expressed the need for a hospitality program and Thomas Nelson stepped up to address this need,” said Andrews. “The programs will give students the skills needed to provide guests with the best service possible as the Peninsula continues to grow as one of Virginia’s most popular destination for tourists.”

Each certificate program consists of eleven or twelve courses with up to 29 credit hours.

Complete list of new Career Studies Certificates (pdf)

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