Hospitality Specialist students.

Hospitality Specialist

24-credit Technical Diploma

The leisure and hospitality industry includes full-service hotels and resorts, fine-dining restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, cruise ships, theme and amusement parks, casinos and more. The Hospitality Specialist program focuses on supervision, budgeting, marketing and purchasing skills.

  • Prepare for jobs such as front desk supervisor, event planner, dining room manager, guest services coordinator or reservations manager.
  • Completers of this program will also earn the ServSafe Food Production Manager certification.
  • International study tours and internship opportunities are available to further broaden knowledge and experiences in the hospitality field. In the past, students have traveled to Italy, France, England and Germany.
  • Credits earned in the 30-credit Hospitality Specialist technical diploma program may be applied to the 69-credit Hospitality Management Associate of Applied Science degree.
  • 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 Specialist program, several short-term certificates are available within the School of Business.

Program Code 31-109-4

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 890-108 Employment Success1+ 
 109-155 Employee Relation & Leadership3 *
 316-108 Kitchen Operations5 *
 109-101 Study of Hospitality2+*
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+*
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-115 Rooms Division Management3  
 109-135 Food/Bvrage/Labor Cost Control3  
 109-157 Hospitality Mgt Internship1  
 109-125 Hospitality Law & Liability3 *
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.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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."