Hospitality Experiential Learning Program

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Associate in Science Degree in Hospitality Management (Field Learning Track) is a unique pathway for those working in the Hospitality and Tourism industries to gain college credits for on-the-job work in hospitality. Students may qualify for up to 18 articulated credits for work-based learning and industry certifications.

The Orlando area is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations and the Hospitality and Tourism industry provides some 350,000 jobs for local residents in its hotels, timeshare units, restaurants, and more than 100 theme parks and attractions. The Field Learning Track has been created to help these residents further their careers by earning an A.S. degree.

With an A.S. degree, graduates of this program expand their career options by improving their opportunities for promotion and a career in management. Graduates may also attend one of Florida’s 12 state universities, with guaranteed admission to the University of Central Florida.

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This unique hospitality program starts in fall 2021 and will make getting an A.S. degree faster and more affordable than ever with savings of up to $3,400.

Hospitality Experiential Learning Program

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Program Overview and Degree Requirements

Program Overview and Degree Requirements

Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other program details in the official college catalog.


Alternative Ways To Earn Credit

Alternative Ways To Earn Credit
  • Industry Certifications – Receive college credit for approved Industry Certifications
  • Get up to 18 credits hours for on-the-job work
  • Earn credits for your demonstrated knowledge gained in the industry (in-service training or employment experience)

Program Length

With up to 18 articulated credits for work experience awarded, this A.S. degree can be finished in under two years.

Through Your Experience Credit Hours
Field Experience Courses 18
Academy Credits 18
Through Valencia College Hospitality Management Courses 24


Learn How To

Learn How To
  • Analyze information for decision making
  • Identify ethical and legal responsibilities specific to the field
  • Communicate clearly with technical and non-technical audiences
  • Perform Hospitality Industry-specific workplace tasks

Job Outlook

Job Outlook

The hospitality and tourism industry is Florida’s top industry, drawing a record 126.98 million tourists to the state in 2018, with 75 million (59.1%) visitors in Orlando. Orlando’s hospitality and tourism industry continues to flourish, accounting for nearly 350,000 jobs. Central Florida is home to 121,000 hotel rooms, 29,000 timeshare ownership units, 5,300 restaurants, and more than 100 theme parks and attractions. With open positions in world-renowned hotels and theme parks, convention centers and restaurants, exciting career opportunities are available locally. Other tourist meccas throughout the world— whether Las Vegas, New York City, or Paris—have similar needs for experienced employees.

Potential Careers

Potential Careers
  • Front Desk Supervisor
  • Lodging or Food Service Manager
  • Reservations Supervisor
  • Food & Beverage Specialist

$28,000 – $47,500 per year

(according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Employment Projections)

Placement Rate

The average placement rate for Valencia College A.S. degree and certificate programs ranges between 90 – 95% according to the latest FETPIP data.

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You want to step up. We have a path to a bachelor's.

Prepare for a supervisory or management role in your field with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business and Organizational Leadership. After completing your A.S. degree, build on your skills and expand your career opportunities by continuing your education at Valencia College and earning a bachelor’s degree. We encourage you to meet with a career program advisor to create your personalized education plan.

Hospitality Experiential Learning Program

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