Watch this video to learn more about Lakeland's Resort Management program.
The hospitality industry is part of the travel and tourism industry that is continually evolving. This larger industry consists of: accommodations including hotels/resorts; transportation including airlines, cruise ships; attractions, both man-made (Disney World) and natural (Grand Canyon); and food and beverage, restaurants and eating establishments. With this industry being the second largest employer in the United States and with an economic impact of over $780 billion a year and growing, employment is available not only throughout the United States, but worldwide.
The resort management program prepares students for a very diverse work environment that is truly international in scope and continually expanding. Students are prepared for entry-level supervisory or management roles in the resort/hospitality/travel and tourism industries with instruction in the areas of food and beverage, lodging accommodations, meeting and event planning and resort operations.
With the resort management program being one of the most practical and applied majors at Lakeland College, students completing the program will build a resume during their college careers. Included in this résumé are areas that support the college's Student-As-Practitioner (SAP) initiative. Such areas include:
Practicum — Convention planning, food and beverage management, resort operations;
Course projects — Creating a restaurant and developing a menu for it, renovation plan for a hotel, creating a marketing plan for adding a perspective business to the local area;
Two internships — Various opportunities are available throughout the U.S. and the world.
Lakeland's resort management students and graduates have gained valuable career experience through internships with the following companies:
The American Club
American Hospitality Academy
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center
The Osthoff Resort
The Cove of Lake Geneva
Radisson Hotels and Resorts
Nikko Hotel Tokyo
Country Inn & Suites
Intercontinental Hotel Seoul
Walt Disney World
Hyatt Regency Tokyo
Pacific Island Club - Guam
The Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa - Scotland
Rio Verde Country Club - Phoenix
Foreign language (2 semesters of the same foreign language)
Property tours/site visits - Blue Harbor Resort, The Osthoff Resort, The American Club, Riverbend Private Membership Club, Lambeau Field
Upon graduation from the resort management program, graduates have enjoyed 100% placement within their field since the inception of the program. They have secured employment at companies such as:
The American Club - Front Desk Manager/Executive Housekeeper
Riverbend Private Membership Club - General Manager
The Osthoff Resort - Assistant Restaurant Manager
Blue Harbor Resort - Director of Guest Services/Front Desk Manager
The Bull at Pinehurst Farms - Assistant Golf Professional
A driving force behind the creation of Lakeland's popular resort management program, Chuck Stockman teaches students how to open doors to a myriad of career possibilities. A member of Lakeland's... Read more about Charles Stockman