TMCC offers students new courses in Tourism and Hospitality

Truckee Meadows Community College community center.

Truckee Meadows Community College is now offering a new field of study that focuses on Tourism & Hospitality Management. This is just one of three higher education institutions in the state of Nevada that offer this degree. This faculty backed curriculum was put together by their staff and members of the tourism community here in Northern Nevada.

"We saw the uptick in tourism and this was a great opportunity to open our doors to the tourism industry," says Karin Hilgersom, President of TMCC. "We are planning on seeing an increase of students find their niche when it comes to a career in this field. "

The reason that this major is being offered for a two-year associates degree is due to the spike in tourism to our area since the 2008 recession.

"There is so much opportunity for young professionals to focus on what they are passionate about," said Vanina Coudriet, Coordinator for Hospitality & Tourism at TMCC. "You have great hotels, resorts, and activities that will now be hiring well educated students who want to bring their expertise to these community partners."

Not only does this impact students, this impacts staff at local resorts as well.

"We have twenty-seven employees at our resort that have reached out to receive this associate degree from TMCC," says Lisa Trujillo with the Atlantis Casino. "We even offer to pay a full one-hundred percent tuition to any employee that wants to pursue this career."

The classes will begin in August at TMCC, and you can find a list of course offerings and applications by clicking here.

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