News for the Hospitality Executive
Fifteen Hospitality Industry Leaders Appointed to the
First Advisory Board of Mitchell College’s
Hospitality & Tourism Management Program in New London, Connecticut
February 12, 2009, New London, CT – Fifteen leaders from the hospitality and tourism industry have been appointed to the first advisory board of Mitchell College’s Hospitality & Tourism Management program. The primary responsibility of the board is to counsel, support and promote Mitchell’s Hospitality & Tourism Department, according to Robert Forcier, Assistant Professor and Chair of the department. He adds that the board’s three main goals are to ensure academic integrity, foster corporate partnerships and advocate for both Mitchell College and the hospitality and tourism industry.
Members of the board were carefully selected to include representatives of every facet of the diverse hotel, restaurant and food service industry. In addition to Forcier, those named to the board are:
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 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.
|Also See:||Robert O. Forcier Appointed Chair of Mitchell College's New Hospitality and Tourism Program; Bachelor Degree Program Complements Connecticut's Boom in Tourism / August 2008|