This spring, Mihaylo College students and faculty co-hosted the 11th annual Experience Hospitality Orange County event, which gave 200 high school students from Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant, hotel and resort fields.
In April, the California State University Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, encompassing the hospitality programs at several local Cal State universities – including the Mihaylo College program offered by the Center for Entertainment and Hospitality Management – and the California Restaurant Association Foundation hosted high school students, hospitality professionals, and faculty and undergrads from several Southland universities for the Experience Hospitality Orange County event, a day of networking, mentoring and career development.
A number of Mihaylo College students shared their experiences with high schoolers, discussing their decisions to seek careers in hospitality and their university experience. They also accompanied the students on exclusive tours of hospitality venues, including the Anaheim Marriott, California Pizza Kitchen, ESPN Zone, Hilton Anaheim, House of Blues, McCormick & Schmick, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Sheraton Park Hotel.
Reaching Higher With Hospitality
Ellen Kim, director of the Mihaylo College entertainment and hospitality program and an assistant professor of management, says engaging with the high school students, many of whom are from underprivileged backgrounds, is not only an investment in the industry’s next generation, but also opens doors of opportunity.
“Many of these students didn’t have plans to go to college when they came to this event,” she says. “We provided them with advice on a great career path, as well as how to succeed in college, including advice on juggling school and work, the art of time management, and the importance of applying for scholarships.” Read More