A.A.S. Hospitality and Tourism Management: Tourism Management Track

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The Degree

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

The Outlook

The travel and tourism industry supports millions of jobs in the United States, and it plays a significant role in fueling both the local and national economies. With wineries, restaurants, hotels, public events, festivals, and more, the Finger Lakes region thrives on tourism, making it an ideal location for a career in this field. Additionally, travel and tourism jobs exist in many related industries locally and nationally, such as hospitality services and transportation services.

The Program

FLCC’s Tourism Management track is designed to get you ready for a career in travel and tourism, and you’ll be prepared for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in this field. As a student in this program, you’ll acquire specific management skills and industry knowledge, both of which are expected by employers in travel and tourism.

This track will provide you with a well-rounded education that combines hospitality and business courses with liberal arts courses. Your tourism-specific courses will explore the many aspects of this field, including tourism planning, destination marketing, and event management. With your degree, you may find yourself working as an event planner, tourism manager, travel or tour guide, or other similar position. Upon graduation, you may choose to further your studies in tourism management or a related pathway at the four-year level.

Online Learning

Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. With this option, this track is available completely online. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

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 Tourism Management track will be able to:

  • Assess how a destination creates a unique sense of place for visitorship.
  • Evaluate opportunity for collaboration with community stakeholders.

The Experience

As a student in this program, you’ll engage in a required professional work experience opportunity, which will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how a hospitality enterprise operates. From hotels to casinos to wineries, there are many organizations that require tourism professionals, and your internship will allow you to explore one of these areas in depth. Whichever path you choose to take in your internship, you’ll attain the following skills, which are applicable to many occupations in travel and tourism:

  • 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

With a degree in Tourism Management from FLCC, you’ll be ready to start your career in tourism planning, destination marketing, or event management, among others. If a bachelor’s degree is in your future, you’ll also be prepared to advance your studies at a four-year school. Some transfer colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees in Tourism Management or a related pathway include:

  • Morrisville State College
  • SUNY Brockport
  • RIT
  • Niagara University
  • St. John Fisher College

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