AAS Technical Degree

Hospitality Managers are responsible for overall operations of the food service establishment or lodging facility. This program includes instruction in hospitality industry principles; supplies purchasing, storage, and control; facility design and planning; hospitality industry law; personnel management and labor relations; financial management; facilities management; marketing and sales promotion strategies; and applications to specific types of hotel, motel, and/or restaurant operations. There is available a lodging management degree or restaurant management degree as well as a culinary arts certificate or lodging operations certificate.

Even though managers may work up through the ranks of a specific food or lodging establishment, data shows that preparation at an associate degree or bachelor degree level significantly increases the opportunities for the hospitality manager. The job market for hospitality managers continues to increase in a variety of settings. Salaries are competitive with those of other management positions.

Nick Knuffman"I've always known I wanted to earn a four-year degree but I wanted to start at a community college. The John Wood Community College professors were a great asset to the program and helped make my transfer process extremely easy. In fact, the classes I was able to take counted as college credit for both JWCC and Western Illinois University. The program combined coursework that was challenging, yet fun and rewarding, and hands-on experience in the beautiful corporate kitchen. Through the program I got to know my professors very well because of the individual attention, and I made some great friendships, too. I would highly recommend the JWCC Restaurant Management Program to those who want to be on their career path in two years and those who want to transfer on to a four-year program like I did."

Nick Knuffman
AS in Business Management with an emphasis in Restaurant Management, JWCC, May 2010
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, Magna Cum Laude, Western Illinois University, May 2012


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