Hospitality and Tourism Management: Food and Beverage Management Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

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Gain a comprehensive introduction to the food and beverage industry. FLCC's program includes over 600 hours of real-world experience in food preparation, restaurant management, and beverage operations to strengthen your essential workforce skills.

The Outlook

Restaurant and foodservice jobs account for a significant percentage of the workforce in the United States, giving you the opportunity to explore professions in a variety of in-demand service areas—such as restaurants, wineries, catering companies, bars, and hotels. With national food and beverage sales increasing annually, the need for qualified candidates in restaurant and foodservice positions is on the rise, making food and beverage management a trending field for you to enter.

The Program

The Food and Beverage Management track delves into the many facets of the industry, including food preparation, food service sanitation, bar management, and beverage operations. Throughout your studies, you’ll acquire a solid background in hospitality, culinary arts, and business. Your degree will equip you with hospitality management skills and industry knowledge, preparing you for career and transfer opportunities in food and beverage management. After graduating from FLCC, you may start a career with a catering company or in a restaurant or bar as a foodservice professional. You may also choose to continue your studies in food and beverage management or a related pathway at the four-year level. You will also gain extensive hands-on training through a required professional work experience that taps into the knowledge of experts in the vibrant culinary and tourism industries of the Finger Lakes region.

Program Learning Outcomes

All students graduating from the A.A.S. in Hospitality and Tourism program will be able to:

  • Draw on the “heart of a servant” philosophy to apply the concepts and skills necessary to achieve an outstanding and profitable guest and visitor experience.
  • Model professional decorum and work ethic to exceed industry standards.
  • Describe the economic impact hospitality and tourism brings to a region.

Additionally, students in the Food and Beverage Management track will be able to:

  • Incorporate quality food and beverage offerings into a successful guest experience appropriate for the target market.
  • Utilize teamwork approach to provide the highest quality guest experience.

The Experience

As a student in this program, you’ll gain real-world, professional experience through required fieldwork. From restaurants and hotels to catering companies and resorts, there are many organizations that require food and beverage management professionals, and this work experience is tailored for you to explore these areas in depth. Whichever path you choose to take in your internship, you’ll develop the following industry skills:

  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-Solving
  • Decision-Making
  • Critical Thinking
  • Resource Management
  • Equipment Utilization

This track is designed to give you flexibility throughout your studies. If you decide you want to switch your track, you’ll be able to easily transfer most of your credits from this track to a different one, or you may decide to “add on” another specialty area as a certificate program, making you a more skilled and marketable graduate. After graduation, you may want to further your education and develop new skills as your career progresses, so you may decide to return to FLCC to earn a certificate in another specialty area within this field.

The Graduates

Upon earning your degree in Food and Beverage Management, you’ll be ready to launch your career in food preparation, bar management, or beverage operations, or you can pursue a four-year degree by transferring after graduation from FLCC. Some transfer colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees in related areas include:

  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY Delhi
  • Morrisville State College
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Oswego

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