Hospitality Management

Columbia College's Hospitality Management program will not only teach you how to prepare and create extraordinary cuisine, you'll also gain the practical knowledge and hands-on experience sought by restaurants everywhere. Our talented instructors are 100% committed to your success, not only while you're enrolled in the program but more importantly, after you leave and begin your culinary career. An advisory committee of culinary professionals guides our curriculum – members are executive chefs and food and beverage managers from local restaurants, hotels, and other establishments.

Core Hospitality Management classes include:

  • Introduction to Hospitality Careers
  • Safety & Sanitation
  • Commercial Food Preparation
  • Kitchen Management
  • Garde Manger
  • Dining Room Service
  • Commercial Baking
  • Beverage Management
  • Hospitality Laws & Regulations
  • ... and more

Related Electives include:

  • Chocolate, Sugar, and Confections
  • Specialty Breads and Viennoiserie
  • Introduction to Wines
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship

The Hospitality Management program has also received certification from the prestigious American Culinary Federation. As part of the overall Hospitality Management curriculum, students here are also introduced to the world of advanced classical cuisine preparation, fine dining room management and service, wine making, and kitchen and beverage management.

Culinary Arts Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Certificate Level: At the Associate's Level: At the Bachelor's Level or Beyond:
Baker Sous Chef V.P. Hospitality
Chef Pastry Chef V.P. Food Service
Assistant Kitchen Manager Kitchen Manager Regional Manager
Assistant Purchasing Agent Purchasing Agent  
Bartender Food & Beverage Director  

Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T/AS-T = Associate of Arts/Science Degree for Transfer Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a transfer general education pattern, and a total of 60 transferable units that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree; provides a clear transfer pathway to CSU.
AA/AS = Associate of Arts/Science Degree Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a general education pattern, and a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
COA = Certificate of Achievement Formally recognizes a student’s competence in a program of study and prepares students for employment in a career/technical field. Also available for completion of a General Education Pattern for transfer. Will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
SAC = Skills Attainment Certificate Prepares students for employment with experience in specific career/technical fields. Do not appear on official transcripts.
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