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Restaurants, hospitality, tourism and travel are crucial economic sectors in Florida. We are, after all, home to Disneyworld, the spectacular Florida Keys and the tranquil Florida Gulf Coast. Thanks to enviable weather year-round, vacations in Florida will always be in style, so it’s up to you to decide where you want to make your mark.
Broward College has three certificate programs and three associate’s degree programs to help you choose your path in the hospitality, restaurant and tourism industries. We have designed our programs to develop knowledge and skills that will contribute to an array of food service management and tourism industry areas. Explore our program options and see where a career in the hospitality, restaurant or tourism and travel industries can lead.

Classroom Experience
The Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism certificate and degree programs will teach you a wide variety of skills so you know how to analyze and manage individual tourism, hospitality and culinary institutions. Some of the skills you will learn, depending on which track you choose, include:
  • Employability skills
  • Sanitation and safety
  • Leadership development
  • Basic communication skills
  • Recognition and identification of foods
  • Maintenance and operation of equipment
Courses in our program emphasize the development of leadership and management skills that are highly valued in the hospitality industry. Classes are capped at 35 students, with a 20 student maximum for courses taught in a kitchen at the technical centers (Culinary Arts AS only).


Our students comprise a wide variety of ages from recent high school graduates to retirees looking to start a new career. Program graduates go on to work in hotels, cruise ships, casinos and at travel destinations in several countries.
Browse our programs below for more detailed information about courses and program.
Career Path
The State of Florida runs on the restaurant, hospitality, travel and tourism sectors, so jobs will always be available to qualified candidates with advanced certificates and degrees in the field.  Graduates of Broward College's travel and hospitality programs are better able to use their business knowledge and customer service skills to start careers in hotel management, event planning or tourism-related endeavors.
See Career Paths for this field.
Because of the global nature of the field, students in the travel and hospitality programs are better prepared to work in settings around the world. Previous graduates have found work as:
  • Chefs
  • Travel agents
  • Event planners
  • Cruise specialists
  • Travel counselors
  • Reservation agents
  • Marketing specialists
  • Restaurant managers
  • Tour guides/directors
  • Eco-adventure guides
  • Destination representatives
  • Inside and outside sales representatives
Some of the local establishments where some of our students have found work include:
  • Hyatt
  • Hilton 
  • Chili’s
  • Marriott
  • Seminole Hard Rock Casino


If you decide to continue your education along this path, our program transfers to several bachelor’s degree programs, including the Supervision and Management bachelor’s here at Broward College, and the Bachelor of Science of Hospitality Management at FIU.

Is This Program Right for Me?
Hospitality, restaurant, travel and tourism are areas that are all about customer service. The ability to deal well with people and work in exciting, high-pressure scenarios will enable you to perform your job in a wide range of functional areas. To be successful in the program, you should:
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Be willing to dedicate time to your studies
  • Have an interest in providing quality customer service
No specific training is required for this program. A high school diploma or GED is required to enter Broward College, but after that the program and BC preparatory courses will do the rest!
Broward College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).
The programs are based on the state frameworks provided by the State of Florida's Department of Education. Some students pursue the Certified Culinarian or Professional Food Service Manager during their time in the Culinary Arts program.
Classes are taught by a variety of faculty who have worked in a wide range of culinary and hospitality firms. They provide real-world experience and cutting edge tools and techniques that will further enhance your knowledge and skill set in restaurant, hospitality and travel and tourism management.
Completion of the AS program in Hospitality (60 credits) and Culinary Arts takes two years (64 credits) if you’re enrolled as full-time student. Certificate programs take semesters to complete. Subjects covered in the courses include:
  • Hospitality law
  • Hospitality marketing
  • Financial management
  • Introduction to tourism industries
For Alumni
Alumni of the Hospitality program are encouraged to hire Culinary Arts or Hospitality graduates. If you haven’t already joined the Alumni & Friends Association, do so today to keep active and engaged with your college.
Contact Us

Program Advisor
Ian Ferguson 


Appointment Line: 954-201-6710

Office Line: 954-201-6242

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