Hospitality programs earn SMART+ accreditation

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New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) has achieved SMART+ accreditation for two of its tourism-related programs from Tourism HR Canada. Both the Hotel and Restaurant Operations and Hotel and Restaurant Management programs surpassed industry standards to attain the accreditation.

“We are delighted to recognize NBCC for its dedication to offering innovative and collaborative programming that aligns with current industry needs,” said Tourism HR Canada President and CEO Philip Mondor. “Programs such as these foster adaptable and skilled tourism professionals who will ensure Canada remains a globally competitive tourism destination.”

NBCC continuously updates its curriculum and engages in labour market analysis and industry consultation to keep programming current. Instructors maintain strong bonds with the industry and stay connected with the sector.

“This accreditation further demonstrates NBCC’s commitment to excellence to serve industry’s needs, and is another way that we’re enriching the NBCC Advantage for our learners,” said NBCC Dean of Hospitality and Tourism Catherine Black.

Hotel and Restaurant Operations is a one-year certificate program covering the core and emerging skills and best practices to succeed in hotels and food service operations. The two-year Hotel and Restaurant Management diploma program builds on those skills with an advanced focus on finance and accounting, sales and marketing and human resources.

Both programs are delivered with an emphasis on applying skills in a real-world setting. Students’ practical experience includes a Business Ventures course in which students conceptualize, create and operate a food truck for a week.

The SMART Accreditation Program offers two levels of accreditation: SMART Program status for programs that meet a basic standard and a SMART + Premium Program status for programs exceeding the basic standard. The SMART Accreditation Program provides an opportunity for post-secondary public or private institutions and corporate training providers to demonstrate that their programming meets or exceeds industry standards, and offers benchmarks that tourism educators can use to assist them in continually improving their programs.

With over 90 programs and six campuses across New Brunswick, NBCC is a provincially recognized post-secondary institution known for producing skilled, knowledgeable college graduates. NBCC offers students full-time concentrated study periods in one- and two-year certificate and diploma programs. For more information, visit: www.nbcc.ca.

 

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