Hospitality and Tourism Courses Help To Launch Future Educational Ventures

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Hospitality and Tourism Courses Help To Launch Future Educational Ventures Photo by Jason White

If you are looking to pursue a career in the expansive field of hospitality, tourism and culture, you may first need to obtain a foundation through generic hospitality and tourism courses. These courses, offered through Centennial College's Hospitality Foundations program, ensure a solid base for a range of students including those who do not meet the admission requirements for specialized post-secondary programs within the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture. In fact, this program is an "alternate offer" for such students.

In addition, those interested in attending hospitality and tourism courses must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature applicant status (19 years or older). Those with Centennial College English Skills assessment scores of 130 or 131 are recommended to begin this program. It is worth noting that applicants cannot apply directly to this program at In some cases, students' skills assessment score will satisfy the requirements for their original program choice. Centennial College will notify them by sending an offer to their original program if there is still space available.

Taking two semesters to complete, the hospitality and tourism courses not only develop knowledge of the field but also allow students to hone in on their professional skills and attitudes and well as their English skills. Both of these aspects serve to facilitate success as students move onto more specialized programs and eventually their careers. Some of the specific professional skills developed include life skills and job readiness so that students can maximize personal fulfillments; as well as communications so that students can upgrade their English skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. While focusing on developing core language competencies and professional attitudes, students will work with course materials drawn from their program areas.

Meanwhile, specific hospitality and tourism courses within this program include: Theory of Food Fundamentals (this course will introduce learners to the theoretical principles of food production. As good food is the foundation on which the restaurant industry is built, it is imperative that one understands how to not only produce good food, but to do so in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner.); Geography and Tourism - Western Hemisphere (examines earth sciences such as land formations, time zones and climate. There will include a basic introduction to plate tectonics); Geography and Tourism - Eastern Hemisphere (provides students with an understanding of the landscapes of the eastern hemisphere and how they relate to tourism and diversity in culture.  Students explore the impact of tourism on the environment and the importance of eco-tourism. The also course examines earth sciences such as land formations and reefs, currents climate and climate hazards and how these impact on tourism); and more.

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Jason wrote this piece about Centennial College's Hospitality Degree courses that build not only knowledge of the industry but also English skills and professional attitudes.

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