Hospitality & Culinary Arts
The Pioneer Valley has a long-established reputation as a culinary destination.
From the cafes and restaurants of Northampton to the opening of the MGM casino in Springfield, the Pioneer Valley is recognized as a culinary destination. Whether you want to work in travel or tourism, start your own restaurant or food-related business, or make your name as a chef, you'll acquire the techniques and skills you need to transfer to a four-year institution, or get started and enter the workforce right away. There's never been a better time to start your career!
Explore our hospitality and culinary arts degree and certificate options:
- Hospitality Management
- Hospitality Management Transfer Option
- Food Service Management
- Culinary Arts Certificate
- Hospitality Management Certificate
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The Hospitality Management Career Option prepares students for various types of management positions in the hospitality industry. Career opportunities in this fast-growing industry exist in such diverse sectors as travel and tourism, lodging, the restaurant industry, recreation and leisure, gaming entertainment, and conference and meeting planning.
The Hospitality Management Transfer Option prepares students to transfer to the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Isenburg School of Management as a third-year Hospitality and Tourism Management major. Career opportunities in this fast-growing industry exist in such diverse sectors as travel and tourism, lodging, the restaurant industry, recreation and leisure, gaming entertainment, and conference and meeting planning.
The Hospitality Management Certificate enables industry professionals and beginning students to undertake college-level coursework in hospitality management without the constraints of being on campus. Students wishing to earn a degree may continue on in either the A.S. in Hospitality Management transfer or career program.
The Food Service Management Program prepares students for culinary arts and entry-level management positions in the diverse field of foodservice including restaurants, clubs, institutions, and other managed services. Students will gain first-hand industry experience, an understanding of professional development in the industry, and the ability to undertake a teamwork-based business approach to identify, define, respond to, and evaluate problems and resolutions in various foodservice industry situations.
The Culinary Certificate program prepares students for a variety of positions in the diverse field of food service. Accredited by the American Culinary Federation, HCC is the only Massachusetts community college that holds this certification.
Want to go farther? The certificate fulfills the first year of HCC's associate degree in Food Service Management, which prepares students to transfer to culinary degree-granting institutions such as Johnson & Wales University, the Culinary Institute of America, and New England Culinary Institute.
We were prepped very well. The chefs here are great and give a lot of good feedback. Here you have real jobs and know what to expect. I have a sense of what working in a kitchen will be like and what I'll need to know to hold a job in the industry."