New Hotel and Restaurant Courses Offered This Fall

By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing

Arizona is one of the top tourist destinations in the nation, with numerous outdoor activities offered year round, its mild winters and the prestige of the Grand Canyon. This yields many entry-level tourist positions throughout the state.

Career advancement and earnings can be greatly accelerated through the completion of a hotel and restaurant management (HRM) certificate or degree from Central Arizona College. The HRM program offers both a 65-credit hour associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree as well as an 18-credit certificate. Both of these offerings can be completed through courses that are delivered by a variety of modalities, including face-to-face, online, hybrid and Interactive Television (ITV). Whether a student pursues the certificate or the degree, he or she will be exposed to a curriculum that features courses such as an introduction to hospitality, facilities management, food service management and managing front office operations.

Food Service Management (HRM103) and Introduction to Hospitality (HRM100) courses will be offered at the San Tan Campus to support the new Culinary Arts program being offered this fall.

Students enrolled in the HRM program can register for new course offerings: Managing Hospitality Human Resources (HRM252) and Convention and Meeting Management (HRM145).

Students will be introduced to event planning, from concept through completion, in HRM252.  They will gain experience in the critical stages and functions involved in staging and managing various events such as meetings, conferences, conventions and sporting events.

HRM145 will provide an overview of U.S. employment and workplace law requirements and the strategies for hiring and training that are used in restaurant or lodging operations.

Gayle Haro, Business Division Chair explains, “HRM courses were adopted to meet the demands and continued projections of growth in hospitality or culinary arts businesses. HRM provides specialized training that enhances workplace skills, making students stronger candidates for mid-level jobs and progressive career opportunities in hotel and restaurant management.”

Each HRM course at CAC uses American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) national industry standard materials. Students may receive a nationally-recognized and industry-standardized AHLA course certificate with a 70 percent final exam competency score for each completed HRM course. These certifications are reflective not only of education but additional training and industry experience.

Through the AHLA and the American Hospitality Academy (AHA), several industry scholarships as well as national and global internship opportunities are available for CAC students at various US and world resorts, on cruise ships and at amusement parks. Hannah Wanstreet, a HRM student qualified for an AHA internship at the Myrtle Beach Hilton in South Carolina during the summer of 2012. After completing this experience, Wanstreet was one of two CAC international student representatives to study in China the following year. HRM student, Marquise Oaks, participated in a Walt Disney World internship in Orlando, Fla. in 2013.

To learn more about CAC’s hotel and restaurant management program, please visit, speak with an academic advisor at one of the campuses or contact Gayle Haro at or by phone at 520-494-5403.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814