The mission of the Hospitality & Tourism program is to provide to a diverse community of lifelong learners educational opportunities that focus on student engagement and skills essential for successful employment in leadership positions in the hospitality industry. Hospitality & Tourism is a career ladder program that moves progressively from the 15-credit Certificate of Competence to the 35-credit Certificate of Achievement, culminating with the 64-credit Associate in Applied Science degree. The CA and AAS track requires completion of an internship, which enables students to gain practical on-the-job training. The program is organized with a core of courses focusing on various aspects of the hotel industry, enveloped by a variety of business and general education courses designed to broaden the students’ background and enhance employability.
Students may earn certification provided by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) in selected Hospitality & Tourism courses. Specific HOST courses are articulated to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, as well as to other community colleges in the University of Hawai‘i system. Majors are required to meet with the program coordinator or counselors early in their studies for academic advising. The following prerequisites are required of students entering the HOST program: a) CULN 112 with grade C or better; b) ENG 22 with grade C or better, or placement at ENG 100; c) MATH 82 with grade C or better or placement in MATH 103; and d) BUSN 150 or ICS 101. A grade C or better is required in HOST for the CO, CA, and AAS degree. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required.