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Hospitality Management

Hospitality Management

The Highland Community College Hospitality Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree creates a pathway for those pursuing a career within the hotel and hospitality industry. Students gain the core skills necessary to work in a group or independently. Participants learn entry-level hospitality field skills in the traditional classroom, alternative delivery methods, and workplace experiences.

Career options include:

  • Food & Beverage Management
  • Front Desk Management
  • Event & Meeting Planner
  • Sales & Marketing Coordinator
  • Rooms & Operations Management
  • Executive Housekeeping

Participants have the opportunity to earn Food Sanitation and BASSET certifications. Concepts and material from the program prepare students for industry certifications from the American Hospitality & Lodging Association, including Certified Hospitality Administrator (CHA), Certified Food & Beverage Executive (CFBE), Certified Hospitality Sales Professional (CHSP), and Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS).

Hospitality & Tourism Management Bachelor’s Degree Completion Pathway

Highland and Northern Illinois University make it possible for hospitality students and graduates to earn a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, without leaving the area. The degree completion emphasis is off-campus/online and is designed uniquely for hospitality professionals.

Applicants must have completed an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in hospitality management, restaurant management, culinary arts or a related degree and have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0. To learn more about the about the degree requirements visit the
NIU Hospitality Management completion pathway page or contact a Highland program expert below.

Hospitality Contacts

Evan Talbert, Hospitality Management Instructor
Thedford Jackson, Transfer Coordinator/Student Advisor
Scott Anderson, Vice President: Business, Technology, and Community Programs


Hospitality Management – AAS (Program Outcomes)
Hospitality Start-Up – Certificate (Program Outcomes)
Hotel Management – Certificate (Program Outcomes)
Restaurant Management – Certificate (Program Outcomes)


Associate of Applied Science

Scholarship Opportunities

Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032


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