College Tourism and Hospitality Management Student Receives $1000 Scholarship

Genesee Community College students can claim a “three-peat” as winners of the annual Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) Education Foundation scholarship. Nicholas Bennett, a sophomore at Genesee, has received a $1000 scholarship from the organization this year, making this the third consecutive year that a Genesee student has claimed the award. Nick, a Tourism and Hospitality Management major, will be traveling to Ottawa in November to attend the annual OMCA convention and to receive his award.

Nick, the son of Christopher and Deborah Bennett of Buffalo, NY, received the scholarship based on his high GPA, his goal of starting a career in the Travel and Tourism industry, and his active involvement in industry clubs and events. Nick has decided to continue his education at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY as a student in the Hospitality Management curriculum. He hopes to manage a hotel and possibly open his own hotel one day.

“As a senior in high school it is not always easy to choose a profession and go for it,” Nick said. “I hosted some French exchange students as well as shadowed at a Marriott while in high school. As a result, this field became of interest to me.”

Nick is actively involved in campus life at Genesee Community College, particularly in the Travel Club. He has participated in trips to Quebec to visit the Ice Hotel and is looking forward to an upcoming trip to Las Vegas. He has served as Project Manager for the hospitality portion of the college’s annual fashion show and has won the College’s Most Respected Student award. Nick also serves as a Resident Assistant at College Village, where he is responsible for organizing campus events for residents and assisting with problem solving for the students when needed.

As a student in Genesee Community College’s Tourism and Hospitality Management AAS program, Nick’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 in 2007, more than 100 million people world-wide were employed in this sector and there are more than 62,000 establishments in the United States alone that provide overnight accommodations to suit every interest and budget.

Nick Bennett is eager to become part of this flourishing industry. “I plan to manage a large hotel and I like the hands-on work involved with this course of study,” he said.

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 fastest-growing industry. For further information contact Amy Bowles, Hospitality Management instructor at
585-343-0055 x 6332 or go to:

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