Hotel, restaurant courses offered at CAC this fall

Central Arizona College Arizona will offer a hotel and restaurant management certificate and degree this fall.

The HRM program offers both a 65-credit hour associate of applied science degree as well as an 18-credit certificate, according to a press release. Both can be completed through courses that are delivered by a variety of modalities, including face-to-face, online, hybrid and Interactive Television.

Whether a student pursues the certificate or the degree, he or she will be exposed to a curriculum that features courses such as an introduction to hospitality, facilities management, food service management and managing front office operations.

Food Service Management (HRM103) and Introduction to Hospitality (HRM100) courses will be offered at the San Tan campus, 3736 E. Bella Vista Road in San Tan Valley, to support the new Culinary Arts program being offered this fall.

Students enrolled in the HRM program can register for new course offerings: Managing Hospitality Human Resources (HRM252) and Convention and Meeting Management (HRM145).

Students will be introduced to event planning, from concept through completion, in HRM252. They will gain experience in the critical stages and functions involved in staging and managing various events such as meetings, conferences, conventions and sporting events, according to the release.

HRM145 will provide an overview of U.S. employment and workplace law requirements and the strategies for hiring and training that are used in restaurant or lodging operations.

“HRM courses were adopted to meet the demands and continued projections of growth in hospitality or culinary arts businesses. HRM provides specialized training that enhances workplace skills, making students stronger candidates for mid-level jobs and progressive career opportunities in hotel and restaurant management,” Gayle Haro, CAC’s business division chairwoman said in the release.

Each HRM course at CAC uses American Hotel & Lodging Association national industry standard materials.

Students may receive a nationally recognized and industry-standardized AHLA course certificate with a 70 percent final exam competency score for each completed HRM course. These certifications are re-flective not only of education but additional training and industry experience, according to the release.

Through the AHLA and the American Hospitality Academy, several industry scholarships as well as national and global internship opportunities are available for CAC students at various U.S. and world resorts, on cruise ships and at amusement parks.

For more information about CAC’s hotel and restaurant management program, visit, speak with an academic advisor at one of the campuses or contact Ms. Haro by e-mail at gayle. or by phone at 520-494-5403.

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