GCC ACE Students Gain Hands-On Experience Through New Visions Hospitality and Tourism Management Program

BATAVIA, NY - The Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Program at Genesee Community College has recently collaborated with the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES to offer the New Visions Hospitality and Tourism Management program to area students.

BATAVIA, NY - The Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Program at Genesee Community College has recently collaborated with the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES to offer the New Visions Hospitality and Tourism Management program to area students. This collaboration allows students to concurrently earn high school and college credit while gaining valuable hands-on experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Students enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to earn up to six GCC credits in the spring 2012 semester.

Amy Slusser, GCC’s associate professor of Tourism and Hospitality Management, collaborated with Debbie Dunlevy ACE program to offer GCC credits in the program. High school and adult students in this program meet at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville for half a day every day during the school year. Students interact with management and staff at the facilities and participate in day-to-day activities under the supervision of a mentor and their BOCES instructor. The focus is on business management with a seamless pathway to careers and hospitality management degrees.

Students can earn up to 12 credits (six per semester) toward a GCC Tourism and Hospitality Management degree through this one year program. Courses offered include THM 101: Introduction to Hospitality; THM 103: Hotel Operations; THM 114: Food and Beverage Management, and BUS 217: Business Cooperative Education.

“As with all College Tech Prep academies, I’m excited for the students and the wide array of things they will explore through the New Visions program. They not only learn from a book, but they will experience firsthand what it’s like to work in the hospitality and tourism industry,” Deb Dunlevy, College Tech Prep project director said. “By learning from the professionals in restaurant management, buildings and grounds, event planning, hotel management, property rentals, and ski slope management for an entire year, they will discover if they want a career in this industry, and secondly specifically which area they want to focus on. In addition, if they choose to enroll in the GCC courses they will have a semester of career specific college credits on their transcript before they even enter college.”

College students enrolled in GCC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management A.A.S. program study hotel operations, food and beverage management, and meeting and convention planning, as well as accounting, professional sales, and marketing. Tourism and hospitality students can choose from two tracks of study: Tourism Management or Hospitality Management. Genesee also offers a Hospitality Management certificate program for anyone interested in an accelerated one-year introduction to the world’s fastest-growing industry.

Genesee’s ACE program also offers the Health Careers Academy, the Legal Careers Academy and the Information Technology Academy. More information on all of GCC’s ACE programs can be found at www.genesee.edu/ACE .

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