MCC's Economic and Workforce Development: Annual Impact Report, September 2013 - January 2015


Our Hospitality Management department prepares students for a career as a food and beverage manager, chef, training manager, food service consultant, operations analyst, convention and meetings specialist, front office manager, tour leader, travel agent, personnel director, resident manager, sales executive, tour operator, caterer, host or hostess, facility designer, and more. Our facilities enhance learning. We have 3 student kitchens, a hotel front-office operations lab, a 35-seat conference and classroom wired for teleconferencing, classes in supermarket management (in conjunction with local supermarket chains), kitchen labs and learning labs for hands-on learning and cooking and baking facilities. Hospitality education also employs state-of-the- art industry computer programs like the SABRE reservation system (which students access via 20 dedicated computer terminals) as well as APOLLO reservation system, Digital Dining, Norstar travel geography planning tool, and a new touch-screen point-of-purchase restaurant management system. In the last year, we’ve added the following to our program: - A Golf Management Certificate program was approved in January 2014. - An A.A.S. in Hospitality Management with a Meeting & Event planning option (approved in April 2014). - An updated student operated restaurant. A new name - Food for Thought - new menu, curriculum and décor. The Engineering Technology department has grown as well this year. In addition to our established offerings – construction, electronic, mechanical, optical and TEK coursework – we are in the process of establishing a Mechatronics Certificate option. The Information & Computer Technology department provides the right combination of knowledge and practical hands-on experience. We are always looking for ways to empower students. Excite them. Offer cutting edge technology and competencies. Our latest offering,

the Cyber Security Certificate program, arms students with the technical expertise needed to protect enterprise information and computing assets connected to the internet from unauthorized access or attack. Along with state-of- the-art tools and techniques, the program allows anyone already working or interested in this fast-growing field a new training option or path. A free, easy-to-use, cloud-based career exploration tool. The site contains up-to-date local employment data (labor market information), culled from nearly 90 federal, state, and private sources. Users can connect programs of study at MCC and in-demand job opportunities. A resume builder and interest inventory, or career assessment are available as well. Since the program’s launch, over 45 community presentations have been made, 10 within the last year. Traditionally the required preparation for high-end security professionals equaled a bachelor’s degree and/or industry certification. MCC is uniquely positioned to provide entry-level training in this area to incumbent IT and law enforcement professionals, students looking to transfer into a four-year program, as well as those interested in preparing to test for industry certifications.

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