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Hospitality and Event Management - Associate Degree

If you are interested in travel, lodging, and dining - and you thrive in fast-paced environments - you have countless career opportunities in the hospitality industry. As a graduate of the Hospitality Management associate degree, you will be prepared for mid-management positions in hotels, restaurants, food service departments, golf/country clubs, ski resorts, private catering, assisted living centers, tourism bus lines, universities, cruise ships, and more. You may secure employment as a front office manager, food/beverage manager, executive housekeeper, revenue enhancement manager, building superintendent, or a sales manager (to name just some of the many careers in this exciting industry!) The curriculum includes American Hotel and Lodging Association Certifications.

Program Code: 101092
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Area of Study: Business, Hospitality

Rewarding Careers. Infinite Possibilities.

You want more from your career – more responsibility and more rewards. We’ll help you get there.

Take your career to the next level – whether that’s at a restaurant, resort, hotel, golf course, or other venue. With the Hospitality Management associate degree, you’ll be prepared for mid-management positions anywhere you want to go. Get skills and knowledge needed to upgrade your career. 

Program Costs & Financial Aid

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This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Hotel Management, 301095

Restaurant Management, 301096


  • Day
  • Full-time
  • Part-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply
  • Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to transcripts@nwtc.edu
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at start@nwtc.edu or 920-498-5444.

What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Hospitality and Event Management associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 63
  • Curriculum Note: *The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirement.
  • 10-109-114 Hotel Management is typically offered in the fall. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss options.
  • 10-109-127 Hospitality Facilities Management is typically offered in the fall. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss options.
  • 10-109-126 Hospitality Finance is typically offered in the spring. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss options.

Program Outcomes

  • Plan the operations of a business across functional areas.
  • Organize resources to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Direct individuals and/or processes to meet organizational goals.
  • Control business processes.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 67% in field

Employment Potential

Tourism is Wisconsin’s fastest-growing industry and there are many interesting and challenging opportunities for relocating to work throughout Wisconsin, the Midwest, and the United States. A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
  • Front Desk Manager
  • Guest Relations Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Resort Manager
  • Banquet Manager
  • Catering Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Food Service Supervisor
  • Kitchen Manager
  • Restaurant General Manager

Employment opportunities with additional education

  • Hotel General Manager
  • Food Service Director
  • Tourism Director
  • Convention/Exposition Manager

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.

What else do I need to know about the program?


Programs in the College of Business at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP's accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

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Industry Credentials

Students will earn these certifications upon successful completion of the following courses.

Hotel Management (American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute Hotel/Restaurant Management Certification)

Hospitality Finance (American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute Hospitality Industry Managerial Accounting Certification)

Hospitality Facilities Management (American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute Managing Housekeeping Operations Certification)

Principles of Sanitation (National Restaurant Association ServSafe Food Manager Certification)

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses.

Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.