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Hospitality Program Expands to Meet Employer Demand for Educated Workers

Hospitality management professionals now can study four management areas completely online.

The University of Missouri has long been home to farm-to-table scholarship. Now Mizzou’s successful hospitality management program is getting a refresh to meet growing demand for employees with college education.

MU has retooled its online bachelor of science in hospitality management to create more opportunities for students in the management of all hospitality sectors, particularly in conferences & events, food & beverage sites, lodging facilities, and sports venues.

The program is 100-percent online. No campus visits are required. Students can study part-time, as suits their demanding schedules  .

Demand for educated workers is growing in hospitality. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the leisure and hospitality industry provides 15.8 million jobs in the United States.

More and more of those jobs are in management. The number of food service manager jobs in Missouri grew 48 percent between 2013 and 2015, according to data from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Lodging management jobs in Missouri grew 13 percent over the same period; meeting, convention and event planner jobs, grew 34 percent.

“Today’s hospitality professionals need management skills if they want to turn their passions into careers,” said Eliza Tse, professor and chair of the Department of Hospitality Management within the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

“Industry professionals tell me they often have a rising star with great technical skills whom they want to promote to a managerial role, but the employee doesn’t have the interpersonal or conceptual skills to move up,” Tse continued. “That’s why a bachelor’s degree is important.”

BestColleges.com ranks the MU program No. 4 of the Best Online Programs in Hospitality Management. The program nurtures future leaders of this global industry with management-level skills in all areas.

“Our faculty members bring their real-world experience from working in the hospitality industry into the virtual world to help the classes come alive,” Tse noted.

Students will learn human resources, marketing and other business management skills. Working professionals can apply their new abilities immediately in their current jobs, whether they work in conferences & events, food & beverage, lodging, or sports venues.

“The hospitality industry’s future depends on grounding the workforce in management expertise and reducing the number of workers who transition in and out of jobs over the course of their careers,” according to Tse. “An educated workforce will raise our professional standards and help create products and services that exceed customers’ expectations.”

Tse further noted that hospitality companies can distinguish themselves by promoting professional development among their employees. Programs like Starbucks College Achievement Plan, which helps employees finish their college degrees, can be useful recruiting tools.

Hospitality industry employees who have completed some college are encouraged to apply to the online hospitality management bachelor’s degree program at MU. Those who have finished accredited, two-year college programs will find the transfer process easy to navigate with assistance from the program’s adviser and Mizzou Online staff.

To learn more, visit http://online.missouri.edu/hospitalitymanagement.

 


Contact: Stacy Snow
573-884-3153
SnowS@missouri.edu
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