UAA’s Hospitality Administration program moves to the College of Business and Public Policy
by Mariah Oxford |
Beginning in fall 2023, Hospitality Administration will move from the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration Division within UAA’s Community and Technical College to the College of Business and Public Policy.
“Employers tell us that the restaurant and hospitality industry is facing an increasing shortage of qualified employees in a field emerging as one of the top economic drivers in Alaska,” said Denise Runge, UAA provost and vice chancellor for the Office of Academic Affairs. “This program is providing foundational training in hospitality essential for filling these high demand positions. Pairing Hospitality Administration with existing management programs in the College of Business and Public Policy provides natural synergies and will help the program expand over time to meet demand.”
“Tourism is a vital part of Alaska’s economy and the hospitality sector is integral to ensuring that visitors to the state have a great experience. We are excited about our role in helping prepare students to be capable and qualified professionals in this growing and dynamic industry,” said John Nofsinger, dean of the College of Business and Public Policy.
"We've had a long history of collaborating with the College of Business and Public Policy," said Raymond Weber, dean of the Community and Technical College. "While the Culinary Arts program will remain within the Community and Technical College, we know that students in Hospitality Administration will find an excellent fit in the College of Business and Public Policy, especially if they want to continue their studies with a two- or four-year business degree."
Hospitality Administration at UAA is currently led by Amy Green, who has been teaching Hospitality and Restaurant Management at UAA since 2005. The program offers two options: Students can augment an undergraduate degree with a minor, or they can earn an occupational endorsement certificate (OEC) in just 12 months. Courses are offered online, with a final in-person internship required for the OEC.