Mitchell College Names 15 Industry Leaders to Hospitality & Tourism Management Program Advisory Board
“The establishment of this advisory board is a win-win for everyone involved,” Forcier says. “Southeastern Connecticut is the center of tourism in the state and until now there were no four-year colleges or universities located in this region providing hospitality education. We can provide the industry with people who are passionate about the industry and who want careers in hospitality and tourism. In return, the industry will provide our students with great networking, field study and career placement opportunities. We are very fortunate to have a board of this caliber working on behalf of Mitchell College.”
Specifically, the board’s statement of purpose includes increasing and strengthening the department’s and the college’s reputations within the hospitality community; collaborating with the department to support marketing strategies that will enhance its identity and improve its image on a local and national scale; helping the department in developing contacts, working relationships, and networking opportunities; reviewing current and proposed department programs and activities (new majors, abroad opportunities, internships/coops, certificate programs, community outreach, etc.); and providing opportunities for professionals to share expertise with students and faculty, through classroom presentations, site visits, student organizations, shadow opportunities and/or case study analysis.
Mitchell College’s 68-acre waterfront campus on the Thames River is located near many of the tourism attractions of the region, including two of the largest and most successful resort casinos in the world (Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun), as well as the Eugene O’Neill Theater Institute, the Garde Arts Center, historic Mystic Seaport, the Mystic Aquarium. The College’s recent acquisition of nearby Michael’s Dairy, along with its affiliation with the nationally acclaimed Mystic Marriott, provides additional opportunities for valuable fieldwork opportunities.
Mitchell College’s Hospitality & Tourism Management program is designed to prepare students for managerial roles including management positions in hotels, restaurants, tourism and gaming, trade shows, conventions, food service and culinary arts. The program combines theory and skill development with an emphasis on practical work experience. Students in the program must perform 600 hours of “hands on” academic experience through a hospitality or tourism co-op/internship placement. This practical work experience represents 12 academic credits.
Mitchell College is a private coeducational independent college offering bachelor and associate degrees in 20 programs of study, as well as the Thames Academy post-graduate program. The College is dedicated to providing a challenging education in a caring and cooperative student-centered environment. Located on a 68-acre waterfront campus, Mitchell College's 940 students come from 27 states and three foreign countries.
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