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If you enjoy interacting with people and working in an energized environment where guests are looking to have fun, this major might suit your personality.
Lakeland's hospitality management program has been strong for two decades, and continues to send qualified graduates into exciting, fast-paced careers at resorts, hotels, restaurants and even on cruise ships around the world.
Right in Lakeland's backyard, world-class resorts such as the American Club in Kohler, The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake and Blue Harbor in Sheboygan draw guests from near and far. Internationally renowned golf courses Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run and The Bull are also in the immediate neighborhood. Simply put, internships and long-term career opportunities in the lodging, food and beverage and other hospitality businesses abound.
Lakeland University has proudly joined forces with Blue Harbor Resort & Spa, Destination Kohler and The Osthoff Resort to create a dynamic new student-centric, symbiotic partnership.
Hospitality Head Start is a cutting-edge initiative designed to provide the three renowned Sheboygan County resorts with qualified Lakeland hospitality management students while giving students like you real-world experience.
Through this experience, you will earn income, reducing your reliance on student loans. You will start out in entry-level jobs, get hands-on experience and work your way up as you progress academically at Lakeland.
Upon graduation, you will have gained valuable experience through your previous hospitality jobs and will be in prime position to enter higher-level positions in the industry.
Your strong resume and experience will be a reflection of this great partnership.
In addition to the numerous local opportunities, Lakeland University believes in branching out, so this major also features incredible travel opportunities around the world.
We've become more focused on globalization. In the last 10 years, we've taken faculty-led trips with students to South Korea, Cancun, Costa Rica and the Bahamas.
This major falls under the business umbrella, so you will leave Lakeland armed with a strong base of core business classes. But there is also tremendous flexibility associated with this major, so you can personalize your hospitality management degree with other emphases – such as marketing or international business.
One of the many things that make Lakeland's hospitality management program particularly strong is the requirement of two internships, or an internship combined with a study abroad experience. Upcoming study abroad opportunities include China, Japan, Cancun and Luxembourg, and Lakeland students have recently interned at hotels or resorts in Tokyo and Guam.
In addition, because hospitality management is such an international industry, two semesters of a foreign language (Spanish, German, Chinese or Japanese) are required. With this degree, you will be hirable across the U.S. and beyond.
Name: Markus Savaglio
Hometown: Kenosha, Wis.
Title: General Manager
Business: Inns of Geneva National
While growing up, Markus recalls, he almost never went on vacation.
“The one time I did,” he says, “I loved it so much.”
He was 13 when his uncle brought him along on a family trip to Jamaica. That excursion, and all the fun that accompanied it, left quite an impression on young Markus. Enough of an impression, in fact, that about five years later, he decided a career in the hotel/resort industry was for him.
Now, as general manager of the luxurious Inns of Geneva National in Lake Geneva, Wis., Markus, a 2010 Lakeland College graduate, is responsible for all facets of the golf resort’s day-to-day operations. He makes sure the rates are competitive, that renovations are planned and completed and that reservationists treat the customers correctly, among many other duties. In short, he’s responsible for all day-to-day operations.
“I love this job,” Markus says. “When our guests are happy, I’m happy, too. I really enjoy what I’m doing a lot.”
Lakeland’s hospitality management program helped Markus immensely, he says, adding that the core business curriculum blends perfectly with the hospitality industry-specific classes.
In addition to the solid mix of instruction, Markus says, Lakeland’s emphasis on real-world, out-of- classroom learning was a tremendous benefit. He completed an internship at Pacific Islands Club in Guam and worked at nationally renowned American Club in Kohler, Wis., and Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wis., while in school.
“Lakeland really helped me prepare for my career by providing me plenty of opportunity to learn through practical experience,” he says. “I was really pleased with the major.”
Listed below are just some of the jobs Lakeland University hospitality management students from recent graduating classes have landed:
Listed below are some of the internships Lakeland University hospitality management students have landed during their stay at Lakeland University :
Note: Available business emphases that may be pursued can be found in the Business Administration page.
Note: Students completing the Hospitality Management major have the option of pursuing an emphasis to supplement their major coursework. Students wishing to complete an emphasis may select from those identified in the section on Business and Entrepreneurship Emphases and must complete all prerequisites to be eligible for coursework in those emphasis areas.
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