Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) announced at a news conference yesterday at the Key West Campus the January 2016 launch of two new associate degrees and three new certificates in the field of hospitality and tourism—the largest and most vital industry in the Florida Keys.  Additionally, the College announced a partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

The first full degrees and certificates in the hospitality field to be offered at FKCC are:

The program expansion builds upon a Hospitality & Tourism Management initiative that began with four courses in the fall of 2013 to be taken as part of the Associate in Arts degree.

Hospitality & Ecotourism Management

FKCC’s Associate in Science in Hospitality & Ecotourism Management is a two-year degree comprised of 64 credits.  Coursework covers hospitality and business topics, such as: hotel and resort organizations, food and beverage management, guest experience, property management, as well as marketing and accounting.  Industry certifications through the American Hotel and Lodging Association Education Institute are integrated into the courses’ curriculum, making each course immediately valuable.

To best serve the evolving industry, particularly from the Keys’ perspective, the College has incorporated an emphasis on “green” tourism in the degree.

“In the Keys our primary tourism product is the environment, itself. So, if we don’t protect that environment—and conduct tourism sustainably—there will be no reason for visitors to come here,” said Dr. Alex Brylske, FKCC Marine Science Professor.  “In other words, for the Florida Keys, there can be no other type of long-term tourism besides ecotourism.”

Brylske, who has extensive experience working with the private and public sector to promote marine conservation, will teach “Marine Ecology for Tourism Professionals,” a course required within the degree.  Students will explore the emerging field of “recreational ecology,” which looks at the relationships between humans and the environment in recreation/tourism contexts.

Partnership with UF IFAS

Students in the Marine Ecology for Tourism Professionals course will be eligible to earn an additional credential through a new partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS).  They will have the opportunity to become certified as a “Florida Master Naturalist in Coastal Systems.”  The FKCC course includes UF-developed classroom and field instruction on general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Coastal Systems in Florida. The course also addresses society’s role in coastal areas, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics.

FKCC is only the second institution—the other is Nova Southeastern University—to partner with UF to provide a path to earn this certification.

Culinary Management

FKCC’s Associate in Science in Culinary Management is a two-year degree comprised of 64 credits.  In the program, students will learn technical skills and acquire practical knowledge necessary to enter a variety of jobs in the food service industry.  Coursework ranges from cooking, baking, and nutrition to restaurant and catering management.

In addition to the associate degree, three certificates—Chef’s Apprentice, Culinary Arts Management, and Culinary Arts—will also be offered.  Credits earned in these certificates can be applied toward the associate degree.

“We know that the majority of our students are already working—many of them in hospitality jobs—while they are taking college classes,” said Dr. Michelle Choate, FKCC’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program Chair.  “By providing FKCC certificates and industry certifications, our students can collect tangible credentials that propel them toward their ultimate educational and career goals.”

Industry Partnerships

“We are incredibly grateful to the leaders in the hospitality industry who have played an integral role advising and guiding the development and growth of our new hospitality programs,” said FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra.  “Considering that a great portion of the Keys’ economy hinges on tourism and recreation, the College must continue to provide pathways to viable careers for students and it is imperative that we fuel the industry with well-trained employees.  Through our partnerships with the businesses in the field and with other educational institutions, like the University of Florida and FIU, FKCC has created an exemplary model of synergy to fulfill the needs of our community.”

In both associate degrees, students will practice skills learned in the classroom and gain real-world experience through internships at hotels, resorts, restaurants, and caterers in the Keys.

Scholarships provided by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and Key West are available for the spring term, which begins January 8.  Applications are due by November 19 and can be submitted online at https://fkcc.academicworks.com. Sometimes, you need to ask someone “Please, write my paper”, provide necessary information about deadlines and we will create a request “Do my paper writing service offers various types of scientific art that won’t leave your professor indifferent. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US Every student knows how difficult writing a paper . where to buy apa research papers All you don’t need to worry about deadlines and quality of scientific art that won’t leave your professor indifferent. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US Every student knows how difficult writing service will start working on your order, and much more! Paper writers are well-educated professionals, competent in different fields of scientific art .