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New hospitality program coming to Moorpark College

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Dylan Ramirez, left, a 20-year-old History major and Lexi Cook, a 20-year old Veterinary Science major work the host stand at their hospitality job at Red Robin in Simi Valley. Ramirez and Cook greeted guests as they walked in and seated them at tables in the restaurant. Photo credit: Emily Nelissen

Dylan Ramirez, left, a 20-year-old History major and Lexi Cook, a 20-year old Veterinary Science major work the host stand at their hospitality job at Red Robin in Simi Valley. Ramirez and Cook greeted guests as they walked in and seated them at tables in the restaurant. Photo credit: Emily Nelissen

Dylan Ramirez, left, a 20-year-old History major and Lexi Cook, a 20-year old Veterinary Science major work the host stand at their hospitality job at Red Robin in Simi Valley. Ramirez and Cook greeted guests as they walked in and seated them at tables in the restaurant. Photo credit: Emily Nelissen

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New classes, along with an entirely new program of study, are coming soon to Moorpark College.

Hospitality classes will be offered, along with a song-writing class in the Music Department. Moorpark College got the approval from the Board of Trustees for this new program, including four classes such as Intro to Hospitality and Intro to Food and Beverage Management.

“This will focus more of the bookkeeping, marketing and hotel operations,” said Navreet Sumal, professor of business administration.

The classes will first start off as online classes, and depending on enrollment of each class, there will then be some on-ground courses. As of right now, Moorpark is looking for professors/ This part of the processes will take time. The goal is to first find a professor who works in the hotel industry and is willing to teach classes. It’s important to find someone who does both because another goal is to have that professor that has connections and give students internship opportunities, stated Sumal.

“If we hire this spring, then classes will potentially begin online this upcoming fall semester,” said Sumal. “That’s the key, but if not then definitely next spring semester.”

Students found it astonishing that Moorpark is going to expand their major options by getting this new program. For example, Criminology major Mitzy Perez, 21, would only be able to take classes that would have to do with food and beverage management, but aside from that, she thinks having this type of program is great.

“I think it’ll benefit people who love to work in the kitchen and restaurants because it’ll help them even start their own restaurants with this type of knowledge,” said Perez.

Today across the US, hotel occupancy is approaching the highest it’s ever been, stated Sumal. California is growing more and more each year, which makes a big difference for those who want to study hospitality.

“That’s kind of the big reason why we decided to offer the hospitality program here,” said Sumal. “If it’s as successful as we hope it to be, then we will be expanding to on-site courses!”

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