The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management is to provide a degree program for students who desire to work in the growing hospitality arena. Today’s hospitality and tourism industry needs professionally educated individuals. Graduates will be qualified to work in amusement parks, hotels and motels, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, travel agencies, convention centers, and as event and meeting planners.
Something interesting is brewing at Indiana University Kokomo.
As part of the hospitality and tourism management (HTM) program, students are learning about the business of micro brewing, or making beer in a commercial facility that brews no more than 15,000 barrels per year.
These beverages, generally distributed regionally, are also known as craft beers, and emphasize quality, rather than quantity.
A gourmet meal served on fine china is not a typical meal enjoyed by a college student.
For 14 Indiana University Kokomo hospitality and tourism majors, however, it is part of a defining experience — the Sophomore Sojourn.
The sojourn provides second-year students an opportunity to apply and integrate learning off campus, while building relationships with classmates and faculty.
Happiest Place to Work
Standing for hours each day under the hot Florida sun, selling popcorn and ice cream, probably doesn’t sound like a glamorous job.
But to Mikayla Shaw, it is the opportunity of a lifetime, to live and work in the Walt Disney World resort, participating in the Disney College Program.
“I can’t believe I’m here,” said Shaw, a general studies major at Indiana University Kokomo. “I’m still completely amazed that I work here. I grew up a Disney fan, it was a big part of my life, so when I found out about this program. I had to come down here and experience it.”
Bri Rose rolls up her sleeves, gearing up for a career in one of the world’s fastest growing industries – hospitality and tourism.
“The career possibilities in this field are endless,” said Rose, a junior at Indiana University Kokomo and one of the first to declare this major after the degree program became available two years ago. “It’s so amazing that I finally found what I want to do with my life. I love the hands-on aspect of learning in this field.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of meeting, event, and convention planners is expected to grow 33 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.