Florida Keys Community College faculty and staff were joined by representatives of the hospitality and tourism sector in the board room on the Key West Campus last week to congratulate the first group of students to earn industry certifications in hospitality and tourism management. Five students successfully completed the introduction course in the fall semester, also taking the exam, to attain the first in a series of credentials earned at FKCC through the American Hotel and Lodging Association Education Institute.
With integral support from local and state industry leaders, the college launched its Hospitality and Tourism Management Initiative in the fall of 2013 to train students to enter or advance within the Keys' largest industry. The courses can be taken individually, or as part of an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, and are offered at the Key West campus as well as in Islamorada. Upon completion of an A.A., students are eligible to articulate into a bachelor's degree program at a four-year degree-granting institution in Florida. Specifically, through a partnership with Florida International University, FKCC graduates can seamlessly enter FIU's esteemed Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as a junior and apply up to 500 internship hours earned locally.
Scholarships are available for these courses through the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and Key West.