HOPEWELL — Tourism in the Finger Lakes generates $3 billion in annual revenue and supports nearly 60,000 jobs, according to a report by Tourism Economics, an economic analysis firm based in Philadelphia.
Late last year the state Education Department approved new programs at Finger Lakes Community College that will support more local careers in the growing industry. Students will be able to take advantage beginning with the new semester.
Geared toward students pursuing careers in hospitality and tourism, these new programs include a two-year degree in hospitality and tourism management, as well as three one-year certificates in hotel and resort, tourism, and food and beverage management.
“This new approach to educational programming allows younger students to explore options in hospitality and then specialize, using one of the three tracks,” said Jamie Rotter, assistant professor of culinary arts at FLCC, in a press release. “It also provides an opportunity for people in the workforce to come back to school for just one year to upgrade their skills in one of these areas.”
The new programs consolidate the college’s three current degree offerings in tourism management, tourism studies, and hotel and resort management — studies that prepare students for careers in event planning and management, destination marketing and other positions in within hotels, resorts, spas and casinos.
Students already enrolled at FLCC will be permitted to finish their studies or switch to the new degree and track system.
FLCC offers 56 degree and certificate programs across its main campus and its satellite centers in Geneva, Newark and Victor.