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Student chefs working on the food truck.

Hospitality Management FAQs

Q: Why should I consider a degree in Hospitality Management?

A: The Mission College Hospitality Management program is perfect for individuals who are looking to move beyond entry-level positions in the hospitality industry. In today's terms, the industry is trending towards an educated person to manage its business interests.

A number of schools have increased their credentialing, which has added legitimacy to the field. You can get in the door for an entry level position, but to earn higher pay, you need to earn some sort of degree or certificate.

Q: Do I need to know how to cook?

A: No. That's what we are here for.

Q: When is it?

A: Mission College is on a semester system. We offer classes in the fall and spring, as well as small offerings in the summer. We build a program based on your needs and at your pace, in order to complete the program.

Q: How long will it take?

A: We have one semester certificates and two-year degree programs. Most people can take longer to complete a Hospitality Management degree, based on personal and work circumstances. It will take longer if you'd like to earn a general education AS degree from Mission College.

Q: How much will it cost?

A: The cost is $46 per unit. There is also about a $60 fee for enrollment, as well as a cost for uniforms and miscellaneous fees (about $50) and books/materials ($70 to $125 per class). Each class is between 1 and 3 units.

Q: Where are you located? Do you have your own facility?

A: We are located on the Mission College campus, which is minutes away from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Mission Boulevard. We do have our own facility which has a fully functional kitchen, dining room area open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, classrooms and everything you might need to be successful.

Q: Can I use my Mission College courses to transfer?

A: Yes, many of our courses are transferable to four-year schools. We also have a formal transfer agreement with San Jose State. Our students have also transferred to Cal State East Bay, UNLV, Cal Poly at Pomona, and the Culinary Institute of America.

Q: Do you offer night classes?

A: We have both day and night classes. Our students are required to work, but we try to be as flexible as possible. The majority of our classes are in the evening.

Q: Do I need to have attended college previously?

A: No. As a community college, we have open access.

Q: I was in the military, would this be a good program for me?

A: We would say yes. We just had a veteran graduate who transferred to Cal State East Bay. College as a whole has tremendous support for veterans.

Q: Do I need to major in Hospitality Management to take classes?

A: No. We have a good array of elective classes such as food/wine and baking. People from all walks of life take those classes, based on their interest.

Q: Can I take classes at a slower pace so I can still work or care for my family etc.?

A: Yes. Some students take 4-5-6 years to complete the program. We have a core set of classes every semester and some we over at least once a year. We can schedule classes around your pace and needs.

Q : I am already working in a restaurant as a buser, do you have management training?

A: Yes, we do. Our program is management based. That is what we are here for.

Q: I have a part-time job, will I have time?

A: Yes. If you're willing to put in the effort, we can map a completion pathway based on your schedule.

Q: I want to work in hotels, will this help me?

A: Even though we are food-centric, we do offer hotel classes. Our program is conditioned so that you become a supervisor or management. Those skills apply across the board.

Q: I want to start my own restaurant, how do I do it?

A: Come to us with that goal. We can map out an education plan to support your goals. Our program shows you can do it. We have former students who have done it, so we know you can too!

Q: How do I market my restaurant?

A: We offer sales and marketing classes to help with the basics-- promotion and marketing and use of social media. Mission College also offers other programs in graphic design as well as basics in computer applications, such as typing and using Microsoft Office and Excel.

Q: What type of employment can I expect?

A: The committed graduate can compete successfully for positions beyond  basic entry-level positions in the hospitality industry. Our top students can go directly into supervision and management roles.

Q: Do you have industry sponsored internships?

A: Part of our requirement is work experience. We help with job placement and we have industry partners who we can work with to develop specialized internships.

Q: I would like to learn about event planning, what do you offer?

A: We do a variety of catering events, both on and off site. All of these catering events involve students as a part of the Hospitality Management program. We also include lesson components into the curriculum on how to run a successful event.

Down the road, we may have an event planner element to our program. Many of our students who are interested in Event Planning transfer to San Jose State, which has a full program.

Q: I work around the corner, do your students cook for the community?

A: We offer meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the semesters. A full schedule is provided here. We have a formal catering operation that services the community, surrounding area. Back in 2008 we even served former President Bill Clinton!

Q: I want to learn about healthy eating and cooking options, what do you offer?

A: We have a specific healthy cuisine class and part of our core requirement is from the nutritional department at Mission College. We generally weave healthy eating into our lab classes.

Q: I want to know more about beer and wine... or taste chocolate...or learn how to bake and make pastries?

A: That is the great thing about being a part of a community college. You do not need to be a part of the program to join us in many of the classes that we offer.