By Jay Jones, UW-Stout
Members of WHLA are aware of hospitality programs at colleges and universities in Wisconsin. The meeting raised my curiosity about how visible these programs are to WHLA members.
Programs within Wisconsin include:
So, I wanted to tell you more about the University Wisconsin – Stout Hospitality program.
UW Stout's Program Overview:
The University of Wisconsin Stout’s Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) delivers real-world experiences to build the knowledge and skills needed to launch a successful hospitality career. We prepare you to be a creative and responsible manager ready to adapt to a wide variety of situations in today’s rapidly changing society.
Our industry-experienced faculty will provide you with specialized hands-on instruction in the hospitality business. You’ll learn the financial and operations management skills required to operate hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, clubs, resorts, and tourist destinations in the U.S. and around the world. uwstout.edu/programs/bs-hotel-restaurant-and-tourism-management
Studies in the Hospitality Industry offer coursework that covers financing, accounting, marketing, leasing, investment analysis, development, appraisal, and real estate law. A student finishes with a Property Management Seminar course which includes a case study project that produces a written management plan and a critical document analyzing the study.
The University of Wisconsin – Stout is Wisconsin’s only Polytechnic University that offers broad knowledge. Polytechnic institutions are career-focused and combine applied learning with a liberal arts education. The Polytechnic blend emphasizes “real world” and “hands-on” learning experiences, that introduce students to a variety of academic careers. With the development of critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills.
Students of the program are required to take a paid internship with our partners in the industry that will offer them hands-on experience in the management of residential, commercial, and hospitality properties.
How does the UW-Stout Hospitality program’s Mission Statement help you by partnering with us?
The primary mission of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program is to remain a leading educational provider of hospitality management candidates. This will be achieved by strategically planning and implementing educational resources that generate graduates who are ex- posed to a diverse curriculum that encompasses general studies, fundamentals of business administration, and professional courses in hotel administration, restaurant operations, and tourism management.
Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Program Brand/Leading Statement
“To educate individuals for careers and life-long learning in global hospitality and tourism by combing theory, applied management, and experiential learning.”
UW–Stout’s School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management provides an educational experience to develop the leadership and management skills needed by industry leaders of tomorrow. With a mission statement to “Developing Hospitality World Leader”
UW Stout’s Career Services, The Discover Center offers our partners an extensive level of outreach services. Career Services is Stout’s primary outreach and engagement organization, featuring skilled problem solvers, gifted learners, and action-oriented colleagues who work together with our partners to overcome hurdles in process improvement, product development, business growth, continuing education, culture development, applied research, and much more.
“Connections” a recent publication by our Career Services department, covers the topic “Let us Connect You” and talks about the high level of collaboration through our extensive network of external partnerships. This is arguably UW-Stout Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management’s most valued concept. Partnerships are essential to hands-on education and the high employment rates within the industry. While every university strives to build and maintain partnerships at some level, UW Stout’s expansive level of focus on this tenet is why students are so highly desired by employers as both interns and full-time employees. Stout graduates are uniquely ready to meet the needs of employers in many of the most in-demand fields because the curriculum is guided by advisory committees consisting of external partners.
About the Author:
Written by Jay Jones who is an Assistant Professor, School of Hospitality Leadership, UW-Stout, and a member of the WHLA Board of Directors and the 2021 WHLA Associate of the Year Award winner.