School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

Welcome to the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

The safety of our students and College community remains our top priority. As a precaution due to the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, the College has cancelled the remaining events at the Casola Dining Room and all School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism buffets and special events for Spring 2020.

The College continues to work with SUNY, Schenectady County Department of Public Health, and the New York State of Department of Health. Our partnership with you is important to the College and our students. Please know we will reach back out to you once this crisis is over.

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On behalf of our faculty, staff and students of the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism at SUNY Schenectady County Community College, I am pleased to welcome you to the School and our website. The SUNY Schenectady School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism is deeply rooted in a history of hospitality. 

The school is housed in Elston Hall, the former historic Hotel Van Curler. Today, the school offers five Associate degree programs 

Also offered are two concentrations (Culinary Arts A.O.S. - Baking Concentration, and Hotel and Restaurant Management A.A.S - Beverage Management Concentration) and five certificate programs (Assistant Chef, Craft Beer Brewing, Craft Spirit Distillation, Hospitality and Tourism, and the NEW Mobile Food Service). These programs are designed to enable our graduates to go directly into the workforce or to transfer on to pursue their bachelor’s degrees. Currently, students have the opportunity on campus to obtain a B.B.A. in Hospitality Management from SUNY Delhi.

What sets us apart from other hospitality schools is our emphasis on hands-on experience. Our Hotel and Restaurant Management A.A.S. and our Culinary Arts A.O.S. degree programs each contain a 600-hour work experience requirement that we feel is invaluable in reinforcing the theoretical experience gained in the classroom. Our Hospitality and Tourism Management A.A.S. and our Craft Beer Brewing A.A.S. each contain an internship course that is required within the curriculum.

In addition, our a la carte restaurant (the Casola Dining Room), our banquets and special events (Van Curler Room and Lally Mohawk Room), our bakeshop (Pane e Dolci) and our butcher shop (Boucherie) provide practical hands-on experience while students participate in classes on campus. Off campus, we have numerous internship opportunities for our students. Most notably for more than 30 years we have sent our students to Disney Land and Disney World to participate in the Disney Internship Program, to the Kentucky Derby with Levy Restaurants, and all over the United States and Canada participating in golf tournaments and music festivals with Spectrum Concessions. These are great opportunities for our students.

In 2012 we were awarded Exemplary status from the American Culinary Federation, as we were granted two concurrent seven-year terms of accreditation with no areas of non-compliance. Today, we are the only post-secondary program in culinary arts accredited by the American Culinary Federation with Exemplary status in New York State. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment!

This is a very exciting time to be in the hospitality industry. We look forward to seeing you as you begin your educational journey and hospitality career.

David E. Brough, Ph.D., CEC, CCE, CCA


Current Students
Click here to view the PDF of the 600 hour Work Experience Form.
Click here to view the PDF of the 600 hour Volunteer Sheet.
Click here to view the PDF of the ACF Student Equipment Worksheet .

Please download and complete the 600 hour Work Experience Form and the ACF Student Equipment Worksheet, scan the forms and send them to as attachments in the same email. These files are in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format. If you are unable to view .pdf files please download Adobe's free Adobe Acrobat Reader.