Hospitality & Tourism

Welcome to Hospitality and Tourism at Kaua'i Community College! 

We provide exceptional learning experiences that prepare students for successful careers in the Hospitality and Tourism industries.

In this program, you can earn an Associate's Degree and continue studies for a Bachelor's Degree. Class sizes are relatively small, creating a personalized learning environment. Coursework reinforces positive work ethics, confidence, accountability, cultural awareness, Hawaiian values, productivity, customer service skills, and professionalism. These attributes ensure that "Aloha" will continue to be part of the Hospitality and Tourism industries.
     
Our highly skilled instructors have years of industry experience. The program facilitates student to bridge the gap between college and industry through:

  • Property tours
  • Industry guest speakers
  • Training scenarios
  • Networking opportunities with our industry partners
  • Leadership development
  • Internships

Internships give students valuable experience for future employment. As part of the Certificate of Achievement and Associate's degree, students will engage in a 225-hour Internship.

We offer certificates that contribute to an Associate Degree in Hospitality and Tourism. You can earn several Certificates of Competence while working your way towards the two-year degree. This is especially valuable if you are employed, seeking to expand your skills.

The Hospitality and Tourism field is an exciting and dynamic filed that offers hundreds of professional jobs on Kauai, and throughout the State of Hawai`i. We welcome the opportunity to help you achieve your educational and career goals!

The Hospitality and Tourism program at Kaua‘i Community College is designed to ensure student success in their chosen hospitality careers. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who are already employed in the hospitality services industry, as well as those who wish to prepare themselves for entry into this global field. We welcome you to experience the diversity and professionalism that make this career choice a sustainable opportunity. 

University of Hawai‘i System Articulation Agreements facilitates matriculation of students and transfer of courses across the University System. The Hospitality and Tourism program has an articulated career ladder with the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu Business program leading to a Bachelor’s in Business degree, with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism. Kaua‘i Community College students completing the Associate in Applied Science degree UH West O‘ahu Articulation Option in Hospitality Services have the opportunity to transfer to UH West O‘ahu.

Students wishing to participate in the Bachelor’s in Business program must notify their Kaua‘i Community College academic adviser that they want to track into the UH West O‘ahu Articulation Option Associate in Applied Science or higher for all courses applicable toward the degree or certificates is needed to meet graduation requirements.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

A grade of “C” or higher in all Hospitality and Tourism program courses is required for graduation. A GPA of 2.0

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Develop critical thinking skills to effectively function in the hospitality and tourism industry.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of diversity and exhibit professional work ethics that promote positive service interactions and teamwork skills.
  3. Utilize interpersonal written and oral communication skills necessary for effective organizational operations.
  4. Incorporate the principles of aloha to promote the sustainability of Hawaiian cultural values in the hospitality industry.

 

Guided Pathways to Completion

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Hospitality and Tourism Associate in Applied Science 61 Credits


Fall semester 1

  • HOST 100 Career and Customer Service Skills (3 credits)
  • HOST 101 Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism (3 credits)
  • Cultural Environment (ANTH 200; BOT 105; HWST 107, HWST 111; PHIL 100; REL 150) (3 credits)
  • WRITTEN COMM (ENG 100, ENG 215 or higher) (3 credits)
  • ELECTIVE (100 level or higher course) (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • HOST 150 Housekeeping Operations (3 credits)
  • HOST 154 Food and Beverage Operations (3 credits
  • BUSINESS ELECTIVE (BUS 120, ECON 130 or 131) (3 credits)
  • ORAL COMM (SP 151) (3 credits)
  • THINKING / REASONING /MATH (BUSN 188, MATH 100, Math 103, Math 115 or higher) (3 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • HOST 152 Front Office Operations (3 credits)
  • HOST 280 Hospitality Management (3 credits)
  • ACC 124 or ACC 201 Principles of Acc 1 or Intro to Financial Acc (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology (BUSN 130 or ICS 101) (3 credits)
  • Elective (100 level or higher course)(3 credits)

Spring Semester 4

  • HOST 293 Hospitality and Tourism Internship (3 credits)
  • BLAW 200 Legal Environment in Business (3 credits)
  • NATURAL ENVIRONMENT (DB or DP course and a one‐credit DY lab) (4 credits)
  • SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (ECON 130 or ECON 131) (3 credits)
  • WRITTEN COMM (ENG 100, ENG 215, or higher) (3 credits)


Total credits 61

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Hospitality Essentials Certificate of Competence (CO) 9 Credits

Fall Semester 1

  • HOST 100 Career and Customer Service Skills (3 credits)
  • HOST 101 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism (3 credits)
  • WRITTEN COMM Core Options (3 credits)

Total Credits 9

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Hospitality and Tourism Certificate of Competence (CO) 15 Credits

Fall semester 1

  • HOST 100 Career and Customer Service Skills (3 credits)
  • HOST 101 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism (3 credits)
  • WRITTEN COMM Core Options (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • Computer/Technology (BUSN 121, BUSN 130, ICS 101) (3 credits)
  • ORAL COMM (SP 151) (3 credits)


Total Credits 15

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Hospitality Management Certificate of Competence (CO) 18 Credits

Fall Semester 1

  • HOST 152 Front Office Operations (3 credits)
  • HOST 280 Hospitality Management (3 credits)
  • WRITTEN COMM (Core Options) (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • HOST 150 Housekeeping Operations (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology (BUSN 130 or ICS 101) (3 credits)
  • ORAL COMM (SP 151) (3 credits)

Total Credits 18

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Hospitality and Tourism Certificate of Achievement (CA) 27 Credits

Fall Semester 1

  • HOST 100 Career and Customer Service Skills (3 credits)
  • HOST 101 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism (3 credits)
  • WRITTEN COMM (Core Options) (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • HOST 150 Housekeeping Operations (3 credits)
  • HOST 154 Food and Beverage Operations (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology (BUSN 130 or ICS 101) (3 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • HOST 152 Front Office Operations (3 credits)
  • HOST 280 Hospitality Management (3 credits)
  • HOST 293 Hospitality and Tourism Internship (3 credits)

Total Credits 27

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In this program, you can earn an Associate's Degree and continue studies for a Bachelor's Degree.