Hospitality Management students.

Hospitality Management

66-Credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Those in the hospitality industry know the importance of a warm, welcoming reception and the friendly treatment of visitors and guests. The vast industry encompasses management careers in full-service resorts, fine-dining restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, cruise ships, casinos and more. The Hospitality Management program focuses on the skills of supervision, budgeting, marketing and purchasing as related to the hospitality industry, including food service, lodging and tourism.

  • Prepare for jobs such as front desk supervisor, events coordinator, dining room manager, guest services supervisor or reservation manager.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school hospitality or related courses.
  • International study tours and internship opportunities are available to further broaden knowledge and experiences in the Hospitality Management field. In the past, students have traveled to Italy, France, England and Germany.
  • A program-to-program transfer opportunity is available at the University of Wisconsin -- Stout. Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • The Hospitality and Culinary Club promotes professionalism among members, develops and uses resources and talents to increase members’ knowledge of the hospitality/culinary industry, and improves human relations through club and industry interaction.
  • As a complement to the Hospitality Management program, several short-term certificates are available within the School of Business.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $32,848

Program Code 10-109-2

Required Courses

Traditional Option

Pathway Option

In traditional option programs, students register for and take a set number of courses each semester, usually five or six. Classes are scheduled throughout the day, and sometimes at night or on weekends, and completed in a conventional manner - two semesters each year.

Generally, most courses are taken on campus in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Many students who opt for the traditional college option are those who recently completed high school and those who do not hold full-time jobs.

Completing degree and diploma programs in a traditional manner generally takes one to two years, depending on number of credits and type of program; other completion option programs may be structured differently.

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-104 Hospitality Security2 *
 109-101 Study of Hospitality2+*
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 801-198 Speech3+*
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+*
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-105 Prchsng for Hspitality Indstry2  
 109-115 Rooms Division Management3  
 109-135 Food/Bvrage/Labor Cost Control3  
 109-170 Bar Management2  
 890-108 Employment Success1+ 
 809-195 Economics3+*
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-157 Hospitality Mgt Internship1 *
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-121 Restaurant Operations Mgmt4+ 
 109-140 Facility Maintenance Mgmt2  
 109-155 Employee Relation & Leadership3 *
 109-125 Hospitality Law & Liability3 *
 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App3 *
 Elective 2  
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-150 Mktg & Sales for Hspitality3  
 109-160 Catering Operations3  
 316-108 Kitchen Operations5 *
 101-105 Accounting Fundamentals3 *
 802-182 Hospitality Industry Spanish2  
 Elective 2  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

109-100 Intro to Hospitality Industry 3
804-123 Math w Business Apps 3
809-196 Intro to Sociology 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

Program Specific Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Cardinal StritchAny Bachelor Degree in the College of Business and Management60+
Colorado State University-Global CampusBS Business Managementup to 62
Colorado State University-Global CampusBS Organizational Managementup to 62
UW-OshkoshBS Human Services Leadershipup to 63, online
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiesup to 62

General Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Concordia UniversityAny BachelorsVaries
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeCredits vary, check with Lakeland
Purdue University GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education and Training (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Randy Grippe

Randy Grippe

Phone: 262.691.5587


  • BA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • MA, Administrative Leadership, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


  • Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute

Teaching Philosophy

"I create a learning environment where each student is challenged and empowered to develop life and technical skills necessary to be successful in their endeavors."