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.
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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
- 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)
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|
|Through Valencia College Hospitality Management Courses||24|
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
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.
- Front Desk Supervisor
- Lodging or Food Service Manager
- Reservations Supervisor
- Food & Beverage Specialist
ESTIMATED AVERAGE SALARY RANGE
$28,000 – $47,500 per year
(according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Employment Projections)
The average placement rate for Valencia College A.S. degree and certificate programs ranges between 90 – 95% according to the latest FETPIP data.
For general enrollment questions, assistance is available through our virtual Answer Center or by contacting Enrollment Services.
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.