Earn an Associate Degree with an emphasis in Hospitality Options while getting paid to do on the job training. Columbia College Apprenticeship Initiative is a grant funded program that provides its students with on-the-job training in the hospitality industry and accompanying study. Most of the training occurs as the students work as apprentices for one of the two committed employers, Black Oak Casino Resort and Evergreen Lodge & Rush Creek Lodge. At least 48 students will have the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree, while working as paid, full-time apprentices. Apprentices rotate through different professional areas at the employer site over an 18-24 month period, to receive comprehensive training in a range of positions that could include a combination of front desk, housekeeping, maintenance, beverage management, retail, recreation and several aspects of kitchen and food service. While working, apprentices complete additional general education courses and electives to fulfill requirements for an Associate of Science degree.
Benefits of Participation
- Experience on the job training while earning an Associate of Science Degree.
- Paid on the job training.
- Tuition balance paid after financial aid eligibility determination.
- Academy books provided.
How to Apply
- Apply for Columbia College at www.gocolumbia.edu/admissions/
- Apply for Financial Aid at www.gocolumbia.edu/financial_aid/
- Apply for the Apprenticeship Initiative by downloading the CCAI Application. E-mail your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the program staff for hard copies and/or assistance.
Academy Course Outline
Here are some examples of the courses that are being offered through the Apprenticeship Initiative:
|HPMGT||102||Intro to Hospitality Careers and Human Relations|
|HPMGT||104||Hospitality Laws and Regulations|
|HPMGT||112||Front Office Management/Hotel Catering|
|HPMGT||114||Introduction to Maintenance & Housekeeping|
|HPMGT||120||Safety and Sanitation|
|HPMGT||126||Nutrition for Chefs|
|HPMGT||133A||Intro to Commercial Food Preparation|
|HPMGT||134||Commercial Baking: Beginning|
|HPMGT||136||Dining Room Service and Management I|
Hospitality is a predominately people-oriented industry where business success is measured in terms of customer satisfaction, enjoyment and safety. Labor market research shows the tourism and hospitality industry is robust, assuring strong career prospects for years to come. According to Tourism Economics, written by Dean Runyan in 2014, statewide direct travel spending totaled $117.5 billion in 2014, and generated 1,027,000 jobs. Regionally, the Gold Country has an estimated 39,200 travel-related jobs, with 4,400 in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties alone, primarily in food service and lodging. Locally, this project’s two committed employers have more than 1,100 employees, and both have planned major expansions.