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Hospitality Management

Specialization in Food Service Management

Associate of Applied Science

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Love everything about food but cooking? Consider this degree

Learn in TCC’s 30-seat hospitality computer lab on the Virginia Beach Campus

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If you dream of working with food but don’t feel cut out to be a chef, consider a future in food service management. Tidewater Community College’s hospitality management program offers a specialization in food service management that will prepare you for a fulfilling career in an industry where there’s always a need for customer-oriented supervisors.

As a student in our program, you’ll take courses in supervisory management, accounting, communications and marketing along with course work specific to food service – a wide range that will give you the foundation to succeed in this dynamic field. Classes exclusive to the food management track include recipe and menu management, catering management and food and beverage cost control.

There’s no shortage of jobs in food service, either. It employs more than 13 million people, or 10 percent of the U.S. workforce, according to Restaurant News.

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university. 

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management with Specialization in Food Service Management consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Virginia Beach Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
65 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,047.75 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

While hospitality management majors specializing in food service management can find immediate employment after earning an associate, you can transfer to a four-year school to work toward a bachelor’s degree in tourism or hospitality management.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • enjoy working with people of all backgrounds
  • are detail-oriented
  • don’t mind working nights, weekends and holidays
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Program gives you credit for on-the-job internship

The restaurant and food service industry is the second-largest private-sector employer in the U.S.

Field trips and guest speakers give real-world perspective


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Scholarships are available to students through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute