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Bachelor Degree Program: Hospitality Management

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Adult Education, Bachelor Degree Completion Program, Business Management, Campus Connections, Centura College

Hospitality is a broad category of the service industry. Hospitality facilities may offer leisure, entertainment, business, and accommodation to local, national- and international visitors including: hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), theme parks and cruise ships, just to name a few.

The Role of Hospitality Managers

In these establishments, it’s important that guests are taken care of, especially in terms of getting what they need and have paid for. This task is accomplished by hospitality managers who oversee operations in hotels, resorts and similar facilities. While ensuring guests are comfortable and happy, managers also have to ensure that operations are smooth and profitable for those who own the facilities.

Hospitality Careers

  • Resorts & Hotels
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Airline Attendants
  • Cruise Ships
  • Theme Parks
  • Convention Centers
  • Corporate Travel
  • Travel Guides
  • Restaurants
  • And so many others

Facilities that offer accommodation are typically open round the clock and on holidays. For this reason, hospitality managers will typically work in shifts and may be on call to resolve any situations that arise.

Qualifying for the Job

Facilities are typically ranked on a five star basis. Those at the higher end are luxury facilities with international level amenities and services.

Qualifications for working in the different establishments are determined by their ranking. Generally speaking, smaller establishments with lower rankings, like bed and breakfast inns, motels, and cafeterias, usually hire staff who can learn on the job. In larger establishments like resorts and hotels, the staff is required to have additional training for the job. For managers, this is usually a bachelor’s degree. More and more establishments are looking for those with the specific education in the areas taught at the Bachelor level.

The Job Outlook for Hospitality Managers

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of hospitality managers will grow by eight percent between 2014 and 2024. This rate is generally as fast as the rate of growth for other occupations. Those with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or hotel management will have a competitive advantage which will give them the best job opportunities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also established that the mean annual wage for hospitality managers is $59,410. It is expected that job opportunities and the average annual wage for hospitality will keep growing as the US and other economies grow.

Training for the Job

One of the most commonly sought academic credentials for hospitality management is a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality. Centura College offers flexibility with their Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a concentration in Hospitality. This is a degree completion program made for those who have finished an associate degree in business or another professional degree but have not earned a bachelor’s degree. The concentration in management emphasizes areas like finance, software and project management. For those interested in hospitality, the focus is on hospitality management.

To find out more about this and other Completion Degree programs Centura college offers, click here.

Continuing Your Education: Upgrading Your Degree

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Adult Education, Bachelor Degree Completion Program, Centura College

By Esperanza Popquiz

When it comes to continuing education, most people are discouraged to do so because of issues like juggling work, family and school or the financial stress of an extra expense. But, a bachelor’s degree may set you apart in a competitive workforce. Here are a couple of reasons why continuing your education to get your bachelor’s degree is important:

Expand Your Opportunities

Although there are many positions in the workforce that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, earning one can open your career to additional promising opportunities. The degree allows you to apply to positions that require a bachelor’s degree and you can have confidence knowing you meet the needs of the employer. Plus, your continued education will set you apart from other candidates who have not had additional education.

Careers

A bachelor’s degree focuses on specific concentrations and prepares you to work in that field, whereas an associate’s degree completes the general understanding of a subject. With the additional skills you acquire during your education in concentrations such as accounting, hospitality, marketing and others, you can move forward in your business career with the focused knowledge that is expected of you.

Financial Benefits

A bachelor’s degree can not only give you more options of where to work, but it can increase your value as an employee. You’re more likely to receive higher pay with a completion degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Those with bachelor’s degrees make approximately $264 more per week than those with an associate degree, and $363 more per week than those with only a high school diploma.” (1)

Job Security

While landing a job with high pay is ideal, making sure that you have job security is just as important. The unemployment rate is lower for college graduates who have completed their bachelor’s degree: 3.6% of unemployed persons held an associate’s degree while 2.7% had a bachelor’s degree. (1)

These are just a few of many benefits that come with come with pursuing your bachelor’s degree. If you are interested in furthering your education, check out Centura College’s Completion Degree programs for more information.

 

Sources

  1. “Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 31 July 2017.

What is the Difference Between Web Development and Information Technology?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Adult Education, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Centura Newport News, Centura Virginia Beach, Computer Network Management, Computer Networking

The world of digital technology can be confusing. Many organizations fail to understand the clear distinction between various platforms within the digital technology. Do you need an IT specialist, a web developer, or a website designer? And who does what exactly? Digital service providers have a different set of skills and areas of expertise.

This is how it works: you don’t take your car to a collision shop when you want it detailed, or to a tire store when you want the oil changed. The same thing applies to information technology and web development. We are going to dissect the distinction between web development and information technology to help clear confusion and help you better communicate about the different roles.

What is Information Technology?

Information Technology (IT) has to do with the implementation and maintenance of your organization’s computer network. An IT specialist is the person handles the company’s software, hardware, email systems and security systems.

In the Web Industry scope, IT encompasses storage, transfer, reception and manipulation of data using computer networks. It may not be clear at a first glance, but IT represents the technology behind the standardization and coordination of the organization’s information.

What is Web Development?

Web development refers to the creation and development of websites and hosting them on the internet or intranet. This should never be confused with web design, which typically focuses on the aesthetics of websites. To draw a clear distinction, web designers create designs for a website before it comes alive, while a web developer will utilize the design to carry out the actual coding of the website, bringing the ideas to life.

Web developers work on anything as simple as plain text pages, to more complex social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook. During the development, the web developer engages the web designer and the client through critical thinking, planning, and discussion.

If you look at it from the technical perspective, a web developer builds the functionalities of the website, or simply making the website to perform the tasks you want it to perform. An experienced web developer will integrate various coding languages like CSS, HTML, jQuery, JavaScript, and any other digital technologies to bring out the desired outcome.

The Comparison Between IT Administrator and Web Developer

You can now see that these two fields are totally different, but the case may not be immediately clear when you first walk into a web company’s office. Here’s an analysis of the job description for an IT Administrator and a Web Developer:

IT Administrator

An IT Administrator’s roles and duties include:

  • Configuring computer networks in the organization for easy communication among the coworkers.
  • Setting up and managing existing network infrastructures in the organization and ensuring a seamless flow of data and consistent internet connection.
  • Managing all software and hardware used by the organization and keeping all the software licenses up to date.
  • Managing software and hardware purchasing.
  • Proper keeping of organizations data and information with backups.
  • Troubleshooting any computer hardware failures of the organization.

Web Developer

The Web Developer’s duties and responsibilities include:

  • Developing websites using the most prominent coding languages and technologies.
  • Fixing bugs on the existing websites.
  • Interacting with clients to clearly understand their goals and needs.
  • Maintaining websites.
  • Collaborating with web designers to bring their concepts into reality.
  • Handling domain names and hosting configurations.
  • Creating technical documentations that accompany websites.

It’s pretty clear now that the two jobs have very little similarities. Training in each area is needed to be successful in either role and being able to explain the difference to companies will make sure you exceed employer expectations in a more defined success plan.

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