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Hospitality and Tourism

Hospitality & Tourism

The Hospitality and Tourism program is designed to provide job training for entry-level and first line supervisory level positions in the hospitality/visitor industry. Offering educational training in the field of hospitality/visitor industry will ensure a skilled pool of workers is continuously available to meet the industry’s employment demand on the Island of Hawai‘i. Additionally, making a career path possible to local workers strengthens the human assets of our community. The program was established to:

  • Meet the growing needs of the hotels and related hospitality/visitor organizations by training existing and future employees in basic skills needed to obtain entry-level and supervisory positions.
  • Provide job upgrading skills necessary for career advancement in the hospitality/visitor industry.
  • Develop skills in verbal and written communication.
  • Develop skills in distance learning that will promote lifelong learning.
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Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:


  • Effectively and purposely use verbal and nonverbal language about Hospitality and Tourism topics with confidence, and appropriate to the audience.
  • Use critical thinking skills to effectively synthesize and evaluate information from assigned readings and articles through written memos, reports, reflective notes, and essay exams.
  • Conduct presentation projects that include Internet research and visual media.
  • Interact with others through team-building speeches and visual-oral presentations, which are designed to promote teamwork solutions and teach teamwork principles. Values such as respect for diversity, the need for fairness, empathy, and human dignity are stressed.
  • Demonstrate self-management related to the Hospitality Industry through practices that promote physical, mental, and emotional health.

Course Learning Outcomes

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Hawai‘i CC are an integral part of the local community and reflect its day-to-day life. Close cooperation among the faculty, employers, and employees in the community is maintained. One of the most effective formal means of providing for this type of cooperation is the Program Advisory Council. These groups advise their respective programs of training needs and new developments in the field. Councils include employers, alumni, and others knowledgeable about the field.

Hospitality and Tourism Program Advisory Council:

  • Ross Birch, Executive Director, Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau
  • Frecia Cevallos, Tourism Specialist, Department of Research and Development, County of Hawai‘i

CTE Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination

The University of Hawai‘i does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, or disability. For inquiries regarding our nondiscrimination policies, please contact your campus designee noted in the link below.

UHCC applies an open access policy, with program admission based upon the completion of applicable course/testing prerequisites. The lack of English skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in CTE programs.

Please read about the entire nondiscrimination policy, presented in 14 primary languages.