Food and Beverage Management


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Discover the business practices behind our region's thriving food and beverage industry. Through local partnerships and professional work opportunities, this certificate program prepares you for a career in food service and hospitality in as little as one year.

The Experience

Restaurants, catering companies, bars, and hotels are among the most in-demand service areas, and the foodservice industry accounts for a large percentage of the U.S. workforce. Qualified employees are in demand as food and beverage sales increase throughout the nation, which makes this field a popular option for many career-seeking professionals.

From food preparation and food service sanitation to bar management and beverage operations, this certificate program will introduce you to the many facets of food and beverage management. Throughout your education, you’ll attain industry knowledge, build skills in hospitality management, and acquire the continuous education that will get you ready to expand or launch a career in the food and beverage or hospitality industries.

Your core classes will focus on the key aspects of food and beverage management, preparing you to become a successful professional in restaurant or foodservice operations. After completing your studies, you’ll be ready to pursue a wide range of occupations, such as restaurant or bar manager, catering supervisor, or foodservice manager, among others.

Hands-On Learning

Through your studies in this certificate program, you’ll gain professional work experience that will enable you to explore the inner workings of a restaurant, hotel, catering company, or resort. Extensive hands-on training is included 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. 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 certificate is designed to give you flexibility throughout your studies. If you decide to switch your certificate or pursue a degree instead, you’ll be able to easily transfer most of your credits into your new course of study.

Furthermore, you may pursue another specialty area in addition to this one, making you a more skilled and marketable employee, or you may decide to return to FLCC to earn an additional certificate as your career progresses.

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