The Hospitality and Tourism Management A.A.S. program prepares students for direct employment in the hospitality and tourism industry. Students gain theoretical and hands-on experience related to inbound and outbound tourism. Graduates are qualified to assume a variety of responsible roles in the industry. The program prepares graduates to
- Prepare for a variety of positions in the tourism, hospitality
and community planning fields, and
- Enter the workforce with practical experience acquired through professional internships.
Graduates often decide to transfer to four-year institutions to earn their baccalaureate degree in the hospitality field. Students may obtain their baccalaureate degree at SUNY Schenectady by taking the Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management with concentrations in Hotel & Resort Management or Travel & Tourism Management offered jointly with the State University of New York at Delhi.
Ingrid C. O'Connell, Professor
"The field of hospitality is a dynamic and powerful force in the global marketplace. Hospitality and tourism careers offer students an opportunity to pursue their future anywhere in the world. Skills that are important to the service industry are introduced, developed, and applied in real world settings, including speed networking clinics, career expos, internships, and our management labs on campus. We work diligently to provide our students an education allowing them to be capable of making an immediate impact on an organization, regardless of specific position, based on high levels of professionalism and guest service. Our students are exposed to many of the most current technologies and best practices dictated by industry through our involvement with trade organizations and associations, local and national visitor bureaus, and tourism agencies. We feel certain that students graduating from our program will be the future leaders of the hospitality industry, and our program boasts a legacy of tremendous alumni in both leadership and front line roles.”
Ingrid C. O’Connell holds an M.S. from the State University of New York at Albany, a B.S. from Niagara University and an A.A.S. from SUNY Schenectady County Community College.