Hospitality Management

69-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
    • Salary Range: $23,000-$50,000
    • Average Salary: $37,710
    • Median Salary: $37,500
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $37,799
    • Average Hourly Wage: $14.78
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $34,440

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-101 Study of Hospitality2  
 196-104 Leadership Skills2  
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+ 
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+ 
 801-198 Speech3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
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
17
  
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-157 Hospitality Mgt Internship1 *
 
Total Semester Credits
1
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 109-121 Restaurant Operations Mgmt4  
 109-125 Hospitality Law & Liability3  
 109-140 Facility Maintenance Mgmt2  
 109-155 Customer & Employee Relations3  
 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App3 *
 Elective 2  
 
Total Semester Credits
17
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 101-105 Accounting Fundamentals3  
 109-150 Mktg & Sales for Hspitality3  
 109-160 Catering Operations3  
 802-182 Hospitality Industry Spanish2  
 316-108 Kitchen Operations5 *
 Elective 2  
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
+ (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 2
109-165 Study of Hospitality Operatns 2

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

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
Colorado State University-Global CampusBachelor Degreeup to 64
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup 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
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standing
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, Randy Grippe

Randy Grippe

Phone: 262.691.5587

Education

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

Certifications

  • 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."