SUDBURY, Ont. — Cambrian College is re-launching its hospitality program in hotel and restaurant management, after a 10-year gap, to help address the labour shortages in the industry and fuel post-pandemic recovery.
The four-semester-long diploma program will accept its first students in this year’s spring semester, beginning in May. The program includes a seven-week placement with a hospitality business and its course listing includes, Beverage and Mixology, Food and Nutrition Theory, Accounting, Gaming and Casinos, Hospitality Law and Risk Management and Indigenous Business and Economics. There will also be opportunities for students to obtain “micro-credentials” on specific topics. These will be intended for those who work in the industry and want to upgrade a specific set of skills and who can’t enroll in the program full-time.
“We’ve seen an exodus of people leaving the hospitality industry. We looked at our hospitality management program and we thought this is what we can do to help our industry partners,” Brian Lobban, dean of the schools of Business, Information Technology, Media Art and Design at Cambrian College, told CBC News. “We are part of the economic recovery of the region, and of the province for that matter. If we can attract people with good, stable jobs, then that’s good for everybody.”