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New Certificate Program Prepares Students for a Fast-Growing Hospitality and Tourism Career



By Catherine Groux
Posted August 01, 2012 11:30 AM

A new certificate program will prepare students for jobs in hospitality and tourism.
A new certificate program will prepare students for jobs in hospitality and tourism.
As the hospitality and tourism industry continues to expand, it is expected to provide about 1.7 million new jobs through 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. For this reason, leaders like President Obama have consistently stressed the importance of this field.

"In 2010, nearly 60 million international visitors helped the tourism industry generate over $134 billion," Obama said during a January speech. "Tourism is the number-one service that we export. Number one. And that means jobs."

While the industry continues to experience rapid growth, select colleges across the nation are working to prepare more students to become hospitality and tourism leaders. Michigan State University's School of Hospitality Business, for example, recently announced that it will offer a new online management certificate in the business of hospitality, according to a press release.

Students who enroll in the program will be able to enhance their knowledge of the fast-growing field, studying topics such as law, human resources and information systems. The course of study is broken into three eight-week courses: hospitality business operations, hospitality business management and hospitality leadership.

Dr. Ronald Cichy, professor and director of The School of Hospitality Business, said these classes are designed to help students stay up to date in their field.

"Professionals in all segments of the hospitality industry must commit to staying competitive in such a rapidly changing marketplace," Cichy said in a statement. "Those willing to invest in their skills and credentials can take their career to the next level by delivering improved results."

Because the program is completely online, students will use tools such as video lectures, discussion boards, live chat rooms and email to connect with peers and professors.

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