Keys College launches hospitality, tourism program
Florida Keys Community College formally announced the launch of its Hospitality and Tourism Management Initiative, to be undertaken with various lodgings and restaurants Keyswide.
"This is just the beginning," said college President Jonathan Gueverra. "With the continued support from the hospitality and tourism industry, we can build a long-term, sustainable program that will fill workforce demands with high-quality employees while helping our students to achieve rewarding careers."
Industry certifications through the American Hotel and Lodging Association are integrated into the curriculum. The courses can be taken individually or as part of an associate's degree.
"The beauty of this initiative is that we are building on the strengths of the courses we already have in place such as accounting and marketing and augmenting with these new courses specific to the industry to create something very viable for our students," said Frank Wood, the college's business program director and lead developer of the new courses.
Upon completion of an associate's degree, students will be eligible to enter a bachelor's degree program at a four-year degree-granting institution in Florida. For example, once a deal is struck between FKCC and Florida International University, FKCC graduates could enter FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as a junior and apply up to 500 internship hours earned locally.
June 1st, 2013, Key West, Florida Keys. Per Fred Mullins and Team Mullins, Key West’s top producing Real Estate Team. “This is great news for our current residents and future students in the Keys. Especially since so much of our employment falls into this category.
When asked to elaborate if this could affect the Real Estate market, Fred remarked, "It certainly will attract more people to our area due to the availability of this course and also choosing it as a career path. Basically all Resort areas like the Keys depend on tourism and there is always a need for people educated and knowledgable about how it works. Basically, more people living here means more housing will be needed.
Fred Mullins has more than 15 years of cross functional experience in real estate, international asset management and construction management. He has been a part of the management team for several Fortune 100 companies, including AT&T, Visa, FPL and C. B. Richard Ellis. His responsibilities have included real estate / property management portfolios of more than 9 million square ft. and international responsibilities in more than 10 countries.
Fred holds an MBA, B.S., real estate license, mortgage broker’s license, USCG Master Captains license and commercial pilot’s license.