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Hospitality & Tourism


I like the hospitality courses because we learn real life situations and stuff that is not in the book. It benefits me for when the time arises I will know what to do.
~ Kristin F.

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 Hawaiʻi. 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

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.

Student Learning Outcome Assessment

We are committed to quality learning through the systematic assessment of our program and course learning outcomes.

Click here to view the Instructional Program Assessment Reports and Plans


Gainful Employment Disclosure

Beginning July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

The data includes occupations, placement rates, on-time completion rates, average costs and program median loan debt.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Hospitality Certificate of Achievement (CA) Program

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Hospitality Certificate of Completion (CC) Program


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Contact Information
Hawaiʻi Community College

Jim Lightner
Hospitality and Tourism Program Coordinator

Phone: (808) 969-8842.