Department Chair: Dr. Pierre Laguerre
Department Secretary: Linda Karalian
Room: A-306C
Phone: (201) 447-7214

Hotel Restaurant Management Coordinator: Ronda Drakeford

Our Mission

The mission of the hotel and restaurant management program at Bergen Community College is to provide the knowledge and skills needed in the rapidly expanding hotel and restaurant industry. The goal of the hotel restaurant management program is to develop 21st century culinary and hospitality professionals through high quality practical, theoretical, and analytical course work. The program emphasizes culinary arts, catering, and hospitality and lodging. Students pursue their studies through active learning and mentoring opportunities with a focus on leadership, critical thinking, personal growth as well as interaction with industry professionals both in class and in their chosen field. Through the externships, the program prepares students to become leaders with the ability to shape the future of the hospitality and culinary industry. The program offers concentrations in the following areas including culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, catering and event planning, and hospitality/lodging.

Career Paths

The Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in hotel restaurant management is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree in hotel restaurant management. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers in hotel restaurant management including catering manager, concierge, event planner, wedding consultant, chef, baker, chocolatier, and other hospitality positions. Students can take coursework and concentrated options in hospitality, culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, catering and event planning, and hospitality and lodging. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.

Transfer Opportunities

Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.S.S.) in hotel restaurant management can transfer into majors, such as hotel and restaurant management. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.

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