Hotel and Restaurant Management Program

Do you want to increase your earning capacity?
Do you dream of owning a restaurant,
hotel or related business?
Do you desire to advance the career ladder quicker?
Do you want the opportunity to work anywhere in the world?

Start your tomorrow, today in
CAC's Hotel & Restaurant Management Program

Arizona is one of the top tourism states in the nation. Many entry-level positions are easily attainable, although career advancement and earnings can greatly be accelerated through the completion of an Hotel and Restaurant Management or HRM program certificate or degree. Employment opportunities include hotels, resorts, restaurants, entertainment, travel and tourism establishments. World of Possibilities Brochure and Hospitality Career Ladder. Skills in hospitality education are highly transferable to other service and management positions in every part of the world.

Why CAC versus private or public universities?
College credits are accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), meaning, they will transfer to other colleges and universities. After completing your freshman and sophomore years at Central Arizona College at lower costs than the universities, your degree will transfer to Northern Arizona University, W. A. Franke College of Business, School of Hotel & Restaurant Management in the Flagstaff site with junior status. You may choose to instead attend NAU Flagstaff site or one of the NAU satellite programs available at NAU Partnership at Scottsdale Community College, Pima Community College & online. Other universities such as UNLV that offer Hotel and Restaurant programs will accept transfer credits upon their approval process. Contact the Area Coordinator, Northern Arizona University, SCC – PVCC - GWCC, 480-423-6407 and examine the following Plan of Study:


What can CAC offer you regarding HRM?

Central Arizona College offers all HRM majors the option of completing and receiving a Hotel & Restaurant Management Certificate of 18 credits which is then embedded in the Associates of Applied Science or A.A.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Management of 65 credits. This A.A.S. degree also contains all the Arizona General Education Curriculum or AGEC courses required with an Associate of Arts or A.A. degree. HRM courses are applicable as elective courses for the Culinary Arts A.A.S., the Business Management Certificate and the Business A.A.S. Degrees. Consult the current course catalog for final course selection and credit requirements.


View attached HRM Certificate and Degree Master Academic Program or MAP's to plan completing the certificate course (available online) in one year and the degree within two years.


Each HRM course at Central Arizona College utilizes the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute or AHLAEI curriculum national industry standard materials. Students may receive a nationally recognized and industry standardized AHLA Course Certificate with a 70% final exam competency score for each HRM course completed. This program provides specialized workplace skills enhancing options entry to mid level job opportunities and for progressive or lateral career options in hotel & restaurant management. This program includes a foundation of concepts and skills that relate to the hospitality industry; such as, supervision, managing front office operations, facilities & hospitality law.

Scholarships are available directly through CAC, AHLA, National Restaurant Association or NRA and industry opportunitites. Internships are made available through Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, the American Hospitality Academy or AHA at Myrtle Beach, Florida and at international destinations, Yellowstone Park, and other private food service and hotel companies for HRM majors to apply.


See HRM Certificate and HRM AAS Degree Programming Sequencing Guides attached under Resources.


Hotel and Restaurant Management Certificate (18 credits)

Certificate Employment Opportunities

*Assistant Manager - Assists manager by managing staff; planning and evaluating department activities; maintaining departmental standards and product knowledge; lending any additional support necessary to manager.

*Front Desk/Guest Service Representative - Serves guests by planning, implementing, and evaluating concierge, valet, luggage, and transport services, and special events; coordinating staff.

*Event/Catering Assistant - Assist in planning, organizing and implementing details for weddings, seminars, golf outings or special events for coordinating food, facility arrangements, entertainment and other custmer needs.

Hotel and Restaurant Management Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) (66 credits)

Degree Employment Opportunities

*Restaurant Manager - Pleases customers by providing a pleasant dining experience; manages staff; develops budgets.

*Kitchen Director - Prepares meals by providing food preparation expertise; promoting and providing quality food services; managing kitchen staff; keeping records.

*Hotel Manager - Serves guests by providing sleeping accommodations, food and beverage services, and special event planning; directing staff.

*Catering or Event Director - Assists clients to coordinate food, beverage and entertainment needs for special events.


For more information on these Business certificates and degrees contact:

Gayle Haro, CHE, CCE, Professor of Hotel and Restaurant Management

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