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Hospitality and Tourism

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

  • Food and Beverage/Culinary Arts Emphasis
  • Lodging and Tourism Emphasis

(575) 527-7518

Hospitality and tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. and in New Mexico it is the largest employment sector. The industry is highly promoted in Las Cruces, as well as throughout the state.

One reason the hospitality industry has such broad appeal is because there are so many different types of positions available in such a large variety of settings. Graduates may work in—

  • front-office operations and reservations
  • sales and promotion
  • food and beverage operations
  • culinary arts, banquets, and catering
  • travel and tours
  • finance and accounting

in such settings as—

  • resorts
  • cruise lines
  • hotels and motels
  • convention facilities
  • restaurants

The Hospitality Services associate of applied science degree has two options: Food and Beverage/Culinary Arts, and Lodging and Tourism. Training is offered in supervision, communication, marketing, finance, and operations, as well as in subject matter specific to the option chosen. Through classroom work, volunteering at industry- sponsored events, culinary laboratory experience, and on-site training, students acquire the skills needed to succeed in the hospitality services industry.

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