TORONTO — The Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management graduate certificate program offered by Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts has been awarded SMART + Premium accreditation from Tourism HR Canada.
SMART is a flexible and inclusive accreditation program that responds to the identified needs of program providers, learners and industry alike. It is a direct outcome of Tourism HR Canada’s goal to improve the quality and mobility of the tourism workforce.
“We are delighted to recognize Centennial College’s commitment to excellence in education,” says Philip Mondor, president and CEO, Tourism HR Canada. “Its focus on collaborative, hands-on programming that aligns with the current and emerging skills sought by industry helps to ensure Canada has the adaptable, inventive talent that will help our sector recover and thrive as the visitor economy re-opens.”
The Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management program is the third of Centennial’s programs to achieve the SMART + designation. The program gives students the tools to answer the call of the dynamic international hospitality industry, including a 14-week work-integrated-learning component that immerses students in real-world work situations where they can accumulate relevant experience.
“This accreditation reinforces the uniqueness and premium academic quality within the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management program,” says Cyrus K. Cooper, professor and academic coordinator of the Centennial program. “The program not only helps hospitality professionals build their skills, but also prepares them to advance their careers and make the move into senior-leadership positions.”