Hospitality Foundations A Launching Pad For Educational Success

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Hospitality Foundations A Launching Pad For Educational Success Photo by Pamela Wendell

So you want to gain a hospitality degree or diploma but don't have the credentials needed to apply? Centennial College's Hospitality Foundations program may be just what you need.

This offering is essentially a pathway for pursuing first an education and then a career in Hospitality, Tourism and Culture. That’s because after successfully completing the two semester's worth of courses, students are invited to join any Centennial College program of their choice in the School of Hospitality, Tourism & Culture.

A carefully measured pace of program delivery and small classrooms give students the tools they need to excel in this undertaking. Here is a look at some of the particular courses in the offering.

Introduction to Math (1 and 2) :- Facilitated in two separate courses, in the first, students study the mathematics used in common business settings and common statistical applications. Students are also introduced to applications specific to the Hospitality and Tourism industry. The second course emphasizes clear, effective mathematics applications for the hospitality industry as well as everyday life.

Life Skills and Job Readiness (1 and 2) :- This is another course presented in two levels. Students work on developing both personal and professional skills that will help them to maximize goals and work on strategies to help them achieve these goals. They have the opportunity to examine tools, techniques, hints, ideas, illustrations, examples, methods, procedures, processes, skills and resources that can help them succeed in developing competencies in each course that they attend.

Theory of Food Fundamentals :- Theoretical principles of food production are taught to help students develop the theoretical knowledge necessary for small and large-scale cooking. The course emphasizes terminology that enables learners to communicate effectively in a professional kitchen environment. In particular, the theory of food preparation as it applies to soups, stocks, sauces, meats, fish and seafood is covered.

Geography and Tourism- Western Hemisphere/ Eastern Hemisphere :- Split into two courses, this aspect of the offering teaches students an understanding of the world's landscapes and how the landscapes of the western hemisphere relate to tourism and diversity in culture. Students are introduced to the impact of tourism on the environment and the importance of eco-tourism. The course also examines earth sciences such as land formations, time zones and climate as well as a basic introduction to plate tectonics.

Applicants to the hospitality and tourism courses must be advised and assisted to register by the Centennial College Assessment and Advising Centre. These applicants must already have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature applicant status (19 years or older). Prior to registration, students must complete the Centennial College English skills assessment and score 130 or 131. In some cases, skills assessment score will satisfy the requirements for a student's original program choice. Centennial College will notify students by sending an offer to their original program if there is still space available.

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As the author of this piece, Emma promotes the Hospitality Degree by detailing courses as well as letting readers know about the possible learning outcomes for students.

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