Openings available in Co-Lin’s tourism, hospitality program

Published 12:35 am Wednesday, July 25, 2007

NATCHEZ — Openings are available this fall for Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Hospitality/Tourism Management Technology Program.

“With the hospitality and tourism industry expanding throughout the Miss-Lou, so will the need for trained workers at all levels of employment,” said Teresa Harrison, dean of the Natchez campus, where the program is being offered. “We offer the best of both worlds for students: both the classroom theory and lab experience which simulates actual conditions of the workplace. We also have a highly skilled instructor, Nancy Best, who has extensive experience in the hospitality and tourism industry.”

The program focuses on preparing students for management-level jobs in hotels, restaurants, banquet facilities, cruise ships, casino complexes, resorts and other businesses that cater to tourists and conventions.

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“Many of our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the industry, and some have continued their educations beyond Co-Lin to earn advanced degrees in the hospitality and tourism industry,” Harrison said.

Students attend four semesters and earn an associate in applied science degree.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 13. Prospective students may contact Vonnie White, the Career and Technical Education Counselor at 601-446-1150, or the Career and Technical Education Center office at 601-446-1165. A schedule of classes, including the Hospitality and Tourism Management Technology Program is available on the Web site

“The skills learned in the program can be applied throughout the Hospitality and Tourism Industry not just in the Miss-Lou but around the nation, even the world,” Harrison said.