WACO - McLennan Community College (MCC) is starting a new hospitality degree program to help meet expected growth in the hotel and tourism industry fueled by Baylor University’s new football stadium and ongoing development in downtown Waco.
MCC expects to roll out the new program in fall 2014 with both a one-year certificate and an associate’s degree in hospitality management and services.
The program will include courses like guest room management, health sanitation and safety, human resources management, marketing and sales, accounting and legal issues. Students also will be required to complete an internship.
Hotel accommodation and food-service jobs accounted for 2,950 local jobs in 2012, a figure that grew by 21 percent during the previous decade, according to a report by Texas Economic Development and Tourism.
Hotel and motel spending in the area also totaled $193 million in 2012.
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