Many potential pathways to a career in hospitality and tourism begin here at Whatcom Community College. WCC offers a 45-credit certificate and a 90-credit associate in science degree in hospitality and tourism business management. The certificate program is designed to accommodate the working student's schedule with a minimum number of days on campus. The program incorporates business management courses such as Business Computing and Customer Service for Professionals with general education classes and the following core of technical courses:
HTBM 175 - Travel, Tourism, Business and Society (formerly BUSAD 175)
HTBM 179 - Introduction to Hospitality Management (formerly BUSAD 179)
HTBM 176 - Food and Beverage Operations Management (formerly BUSAD 176)
HTBM 177 - Meeting and Event Planning (formerly BUSAD 177)
HTBM 205 - Hotel Operations Management (formerly BUSAD 205)
Courses are open to any Whatcom student. With skills acquired applicable in many business settings, they especially make great business administration electives.
If you want to continue your education beyond Whatcom, you can transfer your hospitality and tourism courses into Washington State University's Hospitality Business Management Program or your AAS degree to South Seattle Community College's Bachelor of Arts and Science program in Hospitality Management. Ask your advisor for more information about transferring to one of these fantastic schools.
When should I start applying to universities?Four-year schools have varying admission deadlines. Please refer to university websites for specific deadlines and application requirements.
Can I transfer to an out-of-state college?
Yes. Many schools outside of Washington State accept our transfer degrees. We suggest contacting your prospective university early to learn how your WCC credits may be accepted.
How can I get help with my university admissions essay?
Attend a WWU Personal Statement Writing Workshop! Even if you’re not applying to WWU, this workshop will give you lots of great tips that you can use in any admissions essay. These events are usually offered during fall and winter quarters-check the college events calendar for more info. The WCC Writing Center (CAS 112) is a also great place to get help with your admissions essay. Writing Center staff can help you with all stages of the writing process from brainstorming to editing.