There's an old saying: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Well, if you love working with people in an energized environment and traveling the world, then Lakeland College's hospitality management program might be right for you.
And at Lakeland, you get an early start on that career path thanks to Hospitality Head Start, a cutting-edge partnership designed to provide the three world-renowned Sheboygan County resorts — Blue Harbor Resort & Spa, The American Club of Destination Kohler and the Osthoff Resort — with qualified Lakeland hospitality management students while providing that crucial real-world experience.
Hospitality management students like you will earn income, reducing 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. By the time you graduate, you will have gained valuable experience and be in prime position to enter higher-level positions in the industry.
See the world
In addition to the numerous local opportunities, Lakeland College believes in branching out, so this major also features incredible travel opportunities around the world
In the last 10 years, Lakeland has taken faculty-led trips with students to South Korea, Cancun, Costa Rica and the Bahamas.
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.
With this degree, you will be hirable across the U.S. and beyond.
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Snapshot of Success
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.”