Restaurant and Food Service Management

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1252090500)

With thousands of restaurants and eateries in the Orlando area alone, Valencia’s Restaurant Management program is in a prime location to train for an exciting career in the food service industry. Valencia’s Restaurant Management program prepares students for immediate employment in a successful profession in one of the fastest-paced, ever-changing industry sectors. While enrolled in Valencia’s Restaurant Management program, students will receive both classroom instruction and work-based experience from leaders in the restaurant field.

This program provides two Career Paths. One that is designated for students who seek immediate employment in the field of Restaurant and Food Service Management and/or a second Career Path for those who plan to utilize the articulated A.S. to B.S. career path to transfer to a four-year Florida public university as a junior to complete a Bachelor's degree in Restaurant and  Food Services Management.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a Career Program Advisor in the department office for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Although scheduling may not always provide for the following progression of courses, students should use the foundation, intermediate and advanced course sequence as a guide in program planning.

All degree-seeking students must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which the student is placed.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit toward this Degree

Graduates of specific programs at Orange Technical College and Osceola Technical College, as well as other institutions may be eligible to receive college credit for courses in this program. You may also be eligible to receive credit toward this degree if you have earned one of the approved Gold Standard industry certifications or Career Pathways credit. To learn more about Valencia’s award of credit options, visit valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/credit_octc.cfm. Eligible students should contact the Career Program Advisor in their academic department for more information about the requirements for the award of credit.

College Credit Technical Certificates

The Restaurant Management A.S. degree also offers the following college credit certificate programs.  These certificates can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for entry-level employment or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less, and all of the courses in the certificates are embedded in the A.S. degree. You can earn the certificates as you progress through your A.S. Degree or as a separate, stand-alone credential. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information about the certificates that are offered.

  • Hospitality – Bar and Beverage Management (18 credits) (CIP# 0252090508)
  • Restaurant and Food Service Management (30 credits) (CIP# 0252090503)

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Restaurant Manager/Assistant Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Service Trainer
  • Bar Manager
  • Banquet Manager
  • Catering Services Manager
  • Food & Beverage Manager

Salary & Earnings Information

For career information related to this program, please visit O*Net OnLine.

Contacts

Future Students

To learn more about this program, contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or 407-582-1507 or visit valenciacollege.edu/restaurant-and-food-service-management/.

Current Students

Contact the Career Program Advisor below for more information.

Jim Inglis, Program Chair, West Campus: 407-582-1491
jinglis@valenciacollege.edu

Rita Maldonado, Career Program Advisor, West Campus: 407-582-5270
rmaldonado25@valenciacollege.edu

Internship and Workforce Services

If you need assistance with job resources or in locating an internship, please visit: valenciacollege.edu/internship.

Career Path in Restaurant and Food Services Management

This Career Path is designed for students who seek immediate employment in the field of Restaurant and Food Services Management.

Program Outcomes

  1. Analyze information for decision making.
  2. Identify ethical and legal responsibilities specific to the field.
  3. Communicate clearly with technical and non-technical audiences.
  4. Perform Restaurant Industry-specific workplace skills.
Foundation Courses
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
Science or Mathematics See Gen. Ed. Core Requirement +*~3
HFT 1000INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY3
HFT 2223HOSPITALITY HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3
HFT 2240GUEST SERVICE MANAGEMENT3
SLS 1122New Student Experience3
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
FSS 1206CQUANTITY FOOD PRODUCTION FOR HOSPITALITY & RESTAURANT MANAGERS3
Intermediate Courses
PSY 2012General Psychology ~3
HFT 2263RESTAURANT AND FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT 3
Humanities See Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirement ~3
ACG 2021CPRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING *3
or APA 1111C BASIC ACCOUNTING
HFT 2840TABLE SERVICE ETIQUETTE1
HUN 1004Healthy Cuisine/Nutrition3
Advanced Courses
HFT 2861CBEVERAGE MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE3
HFT 2600HOSPITALITY LAW3
HFT 2500MARKETING AND SALES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY3
HFT 2943INTERNSHIP IN RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT *3
Elective(s) ^12
Total Credit Hours64

Career Path to B.S. in Restaurant and Food Service Management (Articulated A.S. to B.S.)

This program is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year Florida public university as a junior to complete a Bachelor's degree in Restaurant and  Food Services Management.

Program Outcomes 

  1. Analyze information for decision making.
  2. Identify ethical and legal responsibilities specific to the field.
  3. Communicate clearly with technical and non-technical audiences.
  4. Perform Restaurant Industry-specific workplace skills.
Foundation Courses
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
MAC 1105COLLEGE ALGEBRA +*~3
Social SciencesSelect one of the following::PSY 2012, SYG 2000, or ANT 2000 ~3
SLS 1122New Student Experience3
ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
HFT 1000INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY3
HFT 2240GUEST SERVICE MANAGEMENT3
FSS 1206CQUANTITY FOOD PRODUCTION FOR HOSPITALITY & RESTAURANT MANAGERS3
Intermediate Courses
ENC 1102Freshman Comp II +*~3
ECO 2013Principles of Economics-Macro ~13
or ECO 2023 Principles Of Economics-Micro
HFT 2254LODGING OPERATIONS3
STA 2023STATISTICAL METHODS +*~23
or CGS 2100C COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
HFT 2263RESTAURANT AND FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT 3
Advanced Courses
HFT 2223HOSPITALITY HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3
HFT 2500MARKETING AND SALES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY3
HFT 2600HOSPITALITY LAW3
HFT 2861CBEVERAGE MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE3
HFT 2840TABLE SERVICE ETIQUETTE1
HFT 2943INTERNSHIP IN RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT *3
Electives ^6
Total Credit Hours64

Notes:

All specialized program courses are offered on the Downtown Campus and may not be offered every session; some specialized courses are offered at other locations.

For students who are pursuing the A.S. to B.S. path, an additional 12 hours of General Education are required to satisfy the required 36 hours for the Bachelor of Science degree.  If completing the additional 12 hours at the University, 6 hours will be in Cultural and Historical Foundations (Gordon Rule writing), 3 hours in Science Foundations, and 3 hours in SPC 1608.  It is recommended for students complete their General Education requirements at Valencia prior to transfer. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with an advisor before selecting the additional General Education courses since requirements are different between the two institutions. Please see a Financial Aid advisor so that your enrollment is covered in these courses.

Please note the State University System foreign language admission requirementhttp://catalog.valenciacollege.edu/degrees/associateinarts/courserequirements/#Foreign_Language_Proficiency_Requirement

Upon earning the Restaurant and Food Service A.S. degree, you can also continue at Valencia to complete the B.A.S. degree in Business & Organizational Leadership.  Additional education at the bachelor’s level can enhance your skills and create more career opportunities. 

Students who wish to continue their education should consult with their Career Program Advisor to discuss transfer options and requirements, and determine the best education plan for their career goals. Students wishing to transfer credits from this program to another institution must accept responsibility for securing approval from the transfer institution for acceptance of this degree.

Bar and Beverage Management

Technical Certificate

This program prepares students for immediate employment in the hospitality and restaurant industry with employable skills in beverage management and service, beer, wine and beverage essentials, and fine spirits management and mixology.  

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze information for decision-making.
  • Identify ethical and legal responsibilities specific to the field.
  • Communicate clearly with technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Perform hospitality industry-specific workplace skills.
HFT 2240GUEST SERVICE MANAGEMENT3
HFT 2263RESTAURANT AND FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT 3
HFT 2861CBEVERAGE MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE3
HFT 2021CBEER, WINE, AND BEVERAGE ESSENTIALS3
HFT 2065CFINE SPIRITS MANAGEMENT AND MIXOLOGY3
Electives ^3
Total Credit Hours18

Notes:

All certificate courses are offered on the Downtown Campus; some courses are offered at other locations.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid.

Restaurant and Food Service Management Certificate

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the hospitality industry in the food and beverage areas of hotels, resorts, and theme parks as well as in other hospitality-related sites.  

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze information for decision-making.
  • Identify ethical and legal responsibilities specific to the field.
  • Communicate clearly with technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Perform restaurant industry-specific workplace skills.
HFT 1000INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY3
HFT 2223HOSPITALITY HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3
HFT 2600HOSPITALITY LAW3
HFT 2263RESTAURANT AND FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT 3
HFT 2861CBEVERAGE MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE3
HFT 2500MARKETING AND SALES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY3
One of the Following:3
FOOD SERVICE SANITATION MANAGEMENT
Healthy Cuisine/Nutrition
Any HFT course
Any FSS course
Electives (choose three):9
BEER, WINE, AND BEVERAGE ESSENTIALS
FINE SPIRITS MANAGEMENT AND MIXOLOGY
SECURITY ISSUES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
THE EVENT INDUSTRY
BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE
WINE ESSENTIALS
Food Beverage Cost Control
Any FSS course for which you meet the prerequisites
Total Credit Hours30

Notes:

All certificate courses are offered on the Downtown Campus; some courses are offered at other locations.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid.