Genesee Community College Tourism and Hospitality Management Student Wins $1000 Scholarship

The Tourism and Hospitality Management program at Genesee Community College has been moving up! Students and faculty members just returned from a trip to Toronto where Melinda Kreter, a sophomore in the Tourism & Hospitality Management program was named the recipient of this year’s Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) scholarship. Ms. Kreter, the daughter of Hal and Cindy Kreter of Corfu, received the scholarship based on her high GPA, her goal of starting a career in the Travel and Tourism industry, and her active involvement in industry clubs and events. Melinda, who will complete her studies at Genesee Community College in December 2006, has decided to continue her education at Buffalo State College as a student in the Hospitality Administration curriculum.

The trip to Toronto on November 12 and 13 gave Melinda, with instructor Amy Bowles, the chance to spend two days at the OMCA 2006 Marketplace and Conference. The OMCA is one of the largest travel and tourism related associations in Canada. While at the conference, Melinda attended workshops about industry issues and trends and spent an afternoon shadowing tour operators and destination marketers. “I found the most interesting thing at the OMCA conference to be the Market Place. It was fun to learn about all of the different attractions that were being sold to tour operators,” Melinda said.

At a luncheon sponsored by Ottawa Tourism, Ms. Kreter and six other students were presented with $1,000 scholarships. “I was thrilled to find out I had won the OMCA scholarship,” said Melinda. “It is such an honor and a generous contribution to my education.”

This is the second year that a Genesee Community College student has received this award; Amy Sehm was last year’s recipient. Paula Savage, the Director of Tourism for the Greater Rochester Visitor’s Association, is a member of the scholarship committee and a graduate of the Tourism and Hospitality Management program at Genesee Community College.

As a student in Genesee Community College’s Tourism and Hospitality Management AAS program, Melinda’s studies include hotel operations, food and beverage management, and meeting and convention planning, as well as courses in accounting, professional sales, marketing, human relations, and public speaking. The hospitality and tourism industry is the largest and fastest growing industry in the world. It is estimated that by 2007, more than 100 million people world-wide will be employed in this sector and there will be more than 62,000 establishments in the United States alone that provide overnight accommodations to suit every interest and budget.

Melinda Kreter is eager to become part of this red-hot industry. “My career goals are to travel the world and see everything it has to offer,” she said. “I would love to work in every part of the industry.”

In addition to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Genesee Community College also offers a Hospitality Management certificate program for anyone interested in an accelerated one-year introduction to the world’s fast-growing industry. For further information contact Amy Bowles, Hospitality Management instructor at 585-343-0055 x 6332.

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Editor’s note: A photograph of Paula Savage (left), Director of Tourism for the Greater Rochester Visitor’s Association and a member of Genesee Community College Tourism and Hospitality Management Advisory Committee, stands with Melinda Kreter (right), the recipient of this year’s Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) scholarship at last week’s conference in Toronto.


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