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Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations

NEW DCC SHORT-TERM TRAINING - Hospitality and Food Service


DANVILLE, VA, September 1, 2015 – Danville Community College has a new short-term program in which you can help a family plan their dream vacation, give guests at a resort a memorable experience, and cook up culinary delights to satisfy the appetites of food critics and casual diners alike. The Hospitality and Food Service Career Studies Certificate is designed to provide participants with the workforce skills they need to be successful in just four months! Classes start September 8 on the DCC main campus.

“This program provides a career step for people in the service industry who previously have not had formal training opportunities in the industry,? says Jeff Arnold, DCC’s Vice President of Workforce Services. “We encourage the service industry to utilize this program to enhance the skills of their workforce.?

Students successfully completing the program will gain an understanding of hotel and restaurant organization and management, fundamentals of quality for the hospitality industry from the customer’s perspective, food safety and sanitation with an emphasis on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, work ethics and leadership. In addition, students have the opportunity to earn ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification and/ or a customer service certification.

Program organizers also plan a coordinated internship as part of the program. The internship with local employers is designed to provide students hands on knowledge of daily job duties in the hospitality or food service industry.

“We have an advisory board for the program comprised of representatives from the hospitality and food service industries in the DCC service region. We also have a commitment from industries to provide specialized internships to help ensure future job placement and success of program graduates,? says Donald Pippin, Director of the Middle College and Hospitality Program Coordinator. Pippin previously worked in the hospitality and food service industry and helped bring the program to DCC.

The College’s new program is timely and the job outlook for hospitality and tourism is bright. In 2012, almost 468,000 Virginians were employed in these career fields. That number is expected to increase to about 532,500 in 2022, representing a 14 percent growth over the next decade. Opportunities for employment include a variety of food, lodging, tourism, and guest services occupations, including: restaurants, hotels and resorts, amusement parks, museums, sports and recreation venues, cruise lines, travel agencies, country clubs, and institutional food and housekeeping services.

The Hospitality and Food Service program also provides an opportunity for workers to sharpen skillset and increase earning potential. Many workers in the food service industry start their careers as wait staff or food preparation workers. Examples of typical starting jobs in the hospitality industry include front desk and housekeeping associates.

As education and work skills increase, so do potential salaries in these industries. For example, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics (2014), restaurant chefs or general managers can earn as much as $80,000 or more per year. Hotel front office managers can earn between $30,000 and $60,000 plus per year, while hotel/ resort general managers earn anywhere from $75,000-$175,000 plus per year.

For more information about DCC’s new Hospitality and Food Service program, contact Donald Pippin at 434.797.8564, 434.797.6433, or email


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