Hospitality Management is one of the nation's fastest growing industries, and tourism in Ashtabula County continues to be on the rise. To prepare students for careers in this dynamic field, Kent State Ashtabula offers a full undergraduate bachelor's degree program in Hospitality and Event Management as well as certificate programs in both Hospitality Management and Event Management.
The undergraduate degree program in hospitality management prepares leaders for careers in major hospitality industry segments through academic and research programs valuing quality of life, business success, collaborative partnerships, creative approaches, and ethical principles.
Graduates from the program will demonstrate fundamental knowledge of hospitality operations, competence in business practices and managerial decision making, effective written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills including professional behavior, collaborative relationships, and proficiency in networking and analytical thinking and problem solving.
The Hospitality Management Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. Faculty have advanced degrees in hospitality management and relevant professional management work experience in restaurants, hotels, country clubs, and on-site food service management.
Students have a wide variety of opportunities to interact with industry professionals through guest lectures, class projects including property visits, the required practicum, the student-industry professional mentoring program, Annual Hospitality Management Career Fair, student chapters of CMAA, PCMA, and ESD, Campus Kitchens Project, and the Schwebel Guest Lecture Series.