Hotel and Restaurant Management

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 Hotel and Restaurant 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 hotel and restaurant 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 Hotel and Restaurant Management program, several short-term certificates are available within the School of Business.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $23,000-$25,000
    • Average Salary: $24,165
    • Median Salary: $24,165
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: N/A
    • Average Hourly Wage: $10.14
    • Three-year Average Salary: $31,535

Required Courses

+ (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 2
109-165 2

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities


Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 69
Cardinal StritchBachelor of Science in Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Strategic Management of Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management68
Carroll UniversityOrganizational Leadership, Small Businessup to 64 cr
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup to 80
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts in Business Administration or Managementup to 80 cr
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
U of Las VegasHotel Administrationup to 64 cr
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies61
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Managementup to 68
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 68
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership68

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, Bill Griesemer

Bill Griesemer

Phone: 262.691.5575


  • BS, Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Wisconsin – Stout
  • MS, Education, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater


  • Certified Hotel Administrator, American Hotel and Lodging Association

Teaching Philosophy

"My goal is to teach people current business practices to make them employable and successful in today’s competitive business world."

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."