SMART + Designation Recognizes Centennial College’s Commitment to Innovation

The global-oriented Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management graduate certificate program offered by Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts has been awarded SMART + Premium accreditation from Tourism HR Canada.

SMART is a flexible and inclusive accreditation program that responds to the identified needs of program providers, learners, and industry alike. It is a direct outcome of Tourism HR Canada’s goal to improve the quality and mobility of the tourism workforce.

“We are delighted to recognize Centennial College’s commitment to excellence in education,” states Philip Mondor, Tourism HR Canada president and CEO. “Its focus on collaborative, hands-on programming that aligns with the current and emerging skills sought by industry helps to ensure Canada has the adaptable, inventive talent that will help our sector recover and thrive as the visitor economy reopens.”

Canada’s hotels, resorts, and restaurants are world-renowned, and their standards have become global benchmarks to which many successful organizations aspire. Centennial’s courses teach these standards, supported by deep-rooted relationships with multinational hotel, resort, and restaurant organizations.

The program, bolstered by Tourism HR Canada accreditation, gives students the tools to answer the call of the dynamic and truly international hospitality industry. The Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management program includes a 14-week work integrated learning component that immerses students in real-world work situations where they can accumulate relevant experience.

“This accreditation reinforces the uniqueness and premium academic quality within the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management program,” says Cyrus K. Cooper, professor and academic coordinator of the Centennial program. “The program not only helps hospitality professionals build their skills, but also prepares them to advance their careers and make the move into senior leadership positions.”

Established in 1966, Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college. It primarily serves the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through five campuses and six satellite locations. Best known for its record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership-building, Centennial enrols more than 25,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners annually. This marks the third of Centennial’s programs to achieve the SMART + designation.

Learn more about Centennial’s unique one-year Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management graduate certificate program.

Learn more about Tourism HR Canada’s SMART + Premium accreditation.

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