Both Augusta Technical Institute and Aiken Technical College will offer hotel/motel management programs this fall.
The two programs, tailored to entry-level hotel workers seeking advancement, are in response to the local hospitality industry's growing demand for qualified employees.
"There are people coming in and filling out applications who are not informed about what is involved in working in a hotel," said Donna Kirby, manager of Aiken's Hampton Inn.
Enrollment figures for the programs are not yet available, the two schools said.
But both schools say demand exists for their programs based on encouraging responses to questionnaires they separately sent to local hotel owners and managers.
"There is really a market for it in this area with all the hotels and clubs we have," said Varina Haney, Aiken Tech's business and industry training program director.
The two programs have similar goals and curriculum but are structured differently.
The Augusta Tech program offers a diploma and associate's degree in two areas of specialty, hotel/motel management and food/beverage management.
The Aiken Tech program offers a certificate and diploma in hotel/motel management as well as specialization in club management.
Augusta Tech's 19-course curriculum will be offered both day and night to allow flexibility to students already working in the industry.
"For those interested in moving into the lower levels of management, this would be the excellent way to do it," said Ted Duzenski, Augusta Tech's vice president of economic development and dean of business and professional services.
Aiken Tech's eight courses, affiliated with the Educational Institute at the American Hotel and Motel Association, will be night classes.
Both programs' diploma requirements are designed to be completed in one year.
Classes will address topics such as hotel accounting and marketing procedures, front office operation and laws that apply to hotels and their food and beverage operations.
For information, call Augusta Tech at (706) 771-4000 or Aiken Tech at (803) 593-9954.
Damon Cline covers business for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3486.
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