Travelers visiting the Portland metro area spent nearly $3 billion in 2004, money that supported over 27,000 local jobs. Over the next decade, the restaurant industry anticipates creating 45,000 new management positions. To help prepare students for management careers in the field of tourism (Oregon's second-largest industry), Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) and Portland State University have launched a joint hospitality and tourism program--the only one of its kind in the region.
Students will attend MHCC to earn an associate's degree in hospitality and tourism, with instruction and training in hotel, travel, recreation, tourism, culinary arts, food service, convention and meeting planning, and related service industries. Students then transfer to Portland State to complete a bachelor's degree in business administration, while benefiting from hands-on experience through work at PSU's University Place conference center, which hosts a range of academic conferences throughout the year.
The new program is just one example of Portland State's role as a leader in community college partnerships. Portland State University currently enrolls more than 1,500 students in co-enrollment programs with Portland, Clackamas, Chemeketa, and Mt. Hood community colleges, allowing students to take classes at both institutions concurrently.