UPDATED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 11:20pm
Waco , TX — McLennan Community College has announced plans to start offering a hospitality degree program, beginning in the fall of 2014.
The college feels the program is necessary with the expected growth in the tourism and hotel industry, especially with the new Baylor Stadium and downtown Waco development.
“We feel like there’s a demand. There’s an opportunity to grow in the hospitality industry. We think it’s going to be a good program,” said Ronald J. Epps, Dean of Workforce Education for MCC.
Epps also says local hotels are having trouble hiring people to work in the hospitality industry, and they need a pool of ready potential employees.
With the new program, students can achieve a one-year certificate, which requires 36 hours of course work, or an associate's degree in hospitality management, which requires 60 hours of course work. Classes include sanitation and safety, guest room management, accounting course, hospitality legal issues, leadership, marketing and sales, purchasing, human resources, front office service procedures, and more.
MCC's school board has approved the degree program, and the college says they are just waiting to get approval from the coordinating board, which they don't forsee being a problem.