"The hospitality program has helped me network throughout the community which led to getting my first job in the field. The professors are very experienced and are always willing to help. This program has changed my life and helped guide me towards my future goal of owning my own resort."
--Kristina T., UA-PTC Hospitality Student
"The Hospitality and Culinary Management Institute at UA - Pulaski Tech has been an amazing experience for me personally. The student/instructor relationship is without equal. There is a heartfelt passion and kindness bestowed upon me through my instructors. We are building careers and relationships to last a lifetime and enjoying every step."
--John C., UA-PTC Hospitality Student
This degree program will provide an in-depth look at the hospitality industry and concentrate on lodging, tourism, food service, and business management. Students completing this degree will be prepared for middle management jobs in the hospitality/tourism industry including lodging, resorts, conference and convention centers, restaurants, contract services, theme parks, and travel/tourism-related operations. Hospitality is one of the fastest-growing sectors of Arkansas’ economy. The Arkansas Workforce Center projects the number of jobs in the leisure and hospitality industry to grow 22.1% in the next five years.
The AAS in Hospitality Management degree consists of a total of 60 credit hours including a minimum of 15 credit hours comprising the general education core, 45 credit hours of degree-specific courses, and six hours of electives.
The Technical Certificate in Hospitality Management (30 credit hours) is designed for entry-level management positions.
The certificate of proficiency in hospitality and tourism (15 credit hours) provides skills training to prepare students for employment in the hospitality field in relation to tourism. Graduates of the program will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the tourism industry and its application in the workplace. This certificate of proficiency in hospitality and restaurant operations (15 credit hours) provides basic sanitation and skills training to graduates for entry-level employment in the foodservice industry in relation to hospitality and restaurant operations. Graduates of the program will be able to demonstrate proper sanitation skills and gain knowledge of the operations in hospitality facilities and restaurants.
The certificates of proficiency lead to the technical certificate which leads to the Associate degree.
The courses required to complete the Hospitality degrees may be taken entirely online or on campus.
The Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). UA-PTC is the only two-year college in the state to have this accreditation. Graduates receive a certificate from ACPHA as a "Certified Hospitality graduate."