New & Noteworthy

Hospitality Management Celebrates 50 Years

October 26, 2012


The Hospitality Management made its first appearance with an AAS in Food Service Supervision in the 1961 catalog of Ferris Institute. The degree featured classes like Catering, Food Sanitation, and Food Service Calculations & Cost Estimating, as well as general education classes like Psych. 251 – Personality Improvement, Elementary Typing, and Health & Physical Education.

The first class of four students graduated on June 9, 1963, from the Collegiate Technical Division. The first graduating class included Neil R. Anderson, Iron Mountain; James R. Dean, Kalamazoo; Roberta L. Grass, Grand Rapids; and Carol K. Triick, Conklin. One of those graduates, James Dean, went on to become the Director of Dining Services at Western Michigan University.

The current Hospitality Management program boasts two associate degrees and two bachelors as well as numerous minors and certificates in areas such as Special Events & Meeting Planning, Club Management, and Spa Management. Classes are taught on the main campus as well as Traverse City, Grand Rapids, and Kent County Technical Center. Students work in required internships all over the country and overseas.


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