Hospitality Management

Start your career in the hospitality industry and work in restaurants, hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, time shares, condos, retirement communities, convention and visitor bureaus, destination marketing organizations, and event planning companies. If you are friendly and energetic, creative, self-motivated, a problem solver and a hands-on participant, then you may be right for a career within this industry.

Career Information

Hospitality managers can supervise work in many areas of the hospitality, such as the front desk, sales and marketing, housekeeping, catering and food services, and conference planning. Hospitality manager jobs are expected to increase by 24 percent by 2012, according to the State of Illinois Occupational Employment Projections. Sample salaries are as follows:

General Manager: $120,000
Director, Sales and Marketing: $80,400
Front Office Manager: $42,000
Guest Service Agent: $20,650

Degree and Certificate

College of DuPage offers an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree in Hospitality Management and certificates in Hospitality Foundations, Hospitality Operations, and Hospitality Sales and marketing, and Resort Management.

Prior to registration, students should meet with a program advisor for course selection.

Chicago Skål Scholarship

Chicago Skål awards scholarships on an annual basis to currently enrolled students who are in degree programs in Travel and Tourism, Hospitality or related degrees. All schools must have a recognized minimum two- year program. Scholarships are in the amounts of $250 to $500 per semester based on academic merit and related courses with no regard to financial status, gender or race. More about Chicago Skål Scholarships


 

Gainful Employment Information

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.


Contact Information


Laura Lerdal, Culinary Market and Lab Coordinator
(630) 942-2359

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
(630) 942-2502

Mary Beth Leone, Coordinator, Hospitality
(630) 942-2059

Tim Meyers, Co-Coordinator, Culinary and Baking
(630) 942-3223

David Kramer, Co-Coordinator, Culinary and Baking
(630) 942-2868

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592

3+1 Program

COD and Roosevelt University 3+1 Degree Program in Hospitality and Tourism Management for students with an AAS in Hospitality Management

Spotlight

  • Jenna Rothmund

    Jenna RothmundCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "With the new Culinary & Hospitality Center on campus, you get the best training in the city for what you want to do. Seeing how much this program has grown over the past few years makes me very proud to say that I attended COD."

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  • Kevin Mniszewski

    Kevin MniszewskiCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "With all of the wonderful staff and personnel, there's always someone you can talk to. Having professors who constantly reiterate, 'Just come see me if you have any questions,' means a lot to any student who is juggling school, work and life."

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  • Paige Chodur

    Paige ChodurCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "COD is known for providing an outstanding hospitality program run with instructors who have worked in the industry. Professor Mary Beth Leone is motivating, interesting and believes in what she teaches."

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  • Gus Vonderheide

    Gus VonderheideCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "I take great pride in my beginnings, because COD confirmed in my mind that the Hospitality industry was where I wanted to spend my time."

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  • Alyssa Westman

    Alyssa WestmanCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "I completed my education with great professors and took advantage of more opportunities that I could imagine, such as a great learning experience with my internship at the Inn at Water's Edge."

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  • Kelli Jones

    Kelli JonesCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "My experience at College of DuPage has empowered me to feel well-prepared to enter the work force. I know I can succeed at obtaining a long and promising career in the hospitality industry."

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  • Justin Syputa

    Justin SyputaCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "The staff at COD was really helpful and hands-on with the students. Mary Beth Leone was terrific because she has great industry experience and was able to give you real-life situations."

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  • Ulyana Viniarskaya

    Ulyana ViniarskayaCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "Mary Beth Leone has done a spectacular job of teaching. I don't think I know of any other teacher who would dedicate so much of her time trying to explain something to you when you just don't get it."

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