Skyline College was recently awarded a grant through the State’s Chancellors Office “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy” Initiative to build on and develop innovative and high quality Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Programs in Bay Region Community Colleges. Through this grant Skyline has the exciting opportunity to build a Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Program on campus.

In our efforts to hit the ground running, we held our first Industry Kick-Off Event on August 20th. We hosted representatives from the following organizations, San Mateo County/Silicon Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hyatt SFO Airport, Hampton Inn, Daly City, Flying Foods Group, Visual Aids Electronics, Best Western El Rancho Inn & Executive Suites, Enterprise Holdings, and the Hilton SFO Airport Waterfront.  It was a valuable opportunity to share information about the grant and to gain their support in building programs that meet the needs of an ever-changing industry. We are thrilled with the excitement and commitment from industry to support the activities of this grant.

The development of this program at Skyline College will create exciting new opportunities for students who are interested in the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Industry. There will also be many opportunities for faculty to get involved in curriculum development and other activities as we begin the development of this program.

Program Areas we are considering include, but are not limited to: Hospitality & Tourism Management, International Tourism/Cultural Relations, Meeting and Event Management, Gaming Management, Sports & Recreation Management, and Food & Beverage Management. We will explore options in: stackable credentials, certificates, and transfer programs. As we move forward in our efforts we will keep you informed about all of the exciting developments!


Article by Andrea Vizenor.