Hospitality Career Pathways

Your Career Starts Here

Did you know there were 459 entry-level hospitality jobs open in Salt Lake County between August 2018 and January 2019? We want to help you get a job in a leading hotel in our area, and to be ready for a promotion when the time is right.  (Source: EMSI/March 2019)

What are you waiting for? Register today!


Level 1 foundations training

  • Tuition paid at 100%
  • UTA SLCC student pass for duration of training
  • Guaranteed job interview

Program Information

Prepare to join the hospitality industry! This course lays the groundwork for building foundational skills in securing and maintaining entry-level positions in housekeeping and food services. Classroom lectures and hands-on activities will help students gain valuable skills in guest services, communications, best employment practices, housekeeping, and obtaining a food handler’s permit.

  •  Identify the requirements of securing and maintaining employmentmin the hospitality industry
  • Submit an online job application and prepare for a job interview
  • Apply the basic principles of guest service
  • Communicate effectively with guests, team, and supervisors
  • Follow industry health and safety principles
  • Demonstrate critical listening, speaking, and problem-solving skills with confidence
  • Apply basic principles of teamwork and hospitality leadership skills
  • Obtain a Food Handler’s Permit
  • Follow property protocol for housekeeping duties

Level 2 Pre-College Certificate


Progressive level of applied training and career development designed to position the adult learner to enroll in the SLCC Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management Associate of Applied Science degree programs. Stand out and be competitive in promotional and career advancement opportunities with potential increase in wages. 

career advancement and college preparation
  • Applied math (i.e., cash and credit card processing)
  • Applied English and communication skills for work and school
  • Computer skills needed for work and school
  • Customer service skills
  • Preparation for College placement tests 
  • Apply for College!


AAS in Hospitality Management

This program prepares students for entry-level management responsibility in the dynamic field of hospitality. The curriculum emphasizes a broad base of industry skills built on a strong business core, customer relations skills, and creative problem solving. This associate’s degree can be completed in two years. Learn more.



How much does it cost to go through the training program?
Tuition for the foundations level of this training program is 100 percent paid for by Salt Lake County. For high-potential employees already working in the hospitality industry in Salt Lake County, the pre-college training is 100 percent paid for and the AAS program tuition is covered at 50 percent. The County leadership saw a need to provide its large and growing hospitality industry with trained workers and is providing extensive support to help the industry thrive.

Why should I go through the foundations program instead of just finding a job on my own?
Completing training through this program offers benefits beyond free or reduced tuition. Depending on which level you are in, benefits include
  • Assistance with resume writing and online job applications
  • Entry to job fairs specifically for program participants
  • More

I'm interested in the hospitality program; what is my tax liability if I participate?
The funds used to pay for this initiative are considered a fellowship grant that may or may not be taxable to you, depending on your specific circumstances. For more information on the taxability of fellowship grants, please see Publication 970 - Tax Benefits for Education, from the IRS. Additionally, please consult your tax advisor for proper treatment of the grant for income tax purposes.

Contact Us

Jennifer Pollock 
Program Manager | Workforce Training & Continuing Education

Funded by Salt Lake County, with gracious support from Visit Salt Lake

Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Members

Honorary Chair

 Clint Ensign

Sinclair Oil Corporation Chair, SLCC Board of Trustees

 John Campbell
 Woodbury Corporation
 Scott George  Woodbury Corporation
 Doug Koob
 Marriott City Center
 Mark Mundel
 Little America
 Abby Murtagh
 Hilton Hotels & Resorts
 Alan Tuttle
 Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek
Non-Voting Members
 Rick Bouillon  SLCC 
 Scott Beck   Visit Salt Lake
 Jeffrey Coker  SLCC
 Diana Guetschow  SLCC
 Mi Yon Hodges  SLCC 
 Gina Sanchez  Utah Department of Workforce Services
 Mark Mundel  Little America
 Scott French  Little America
 Nicole Hausner  Hilton
 Meghan James  Hyatt
 Joshua Bell
 Jeffrey Coker  SLCC
 Bernhard Gotz  Little America
 Sebastian Lowrey
 Hilton Salt Lake City Center
 Melva Sine
 Utah Restaurant Association
 Mark Mundel
 Little America
 Gina Sanchez 
 Utah Department of Workforce Services
 Meghan James
Hospitality Management AAS
 John Campbell  Woodbury Corporation
 Jeffrey Coker  SLCC
 Scott George  Woodbury Corporation
 Yoshika Sanders  Hilton
 Mark Mundel  Little America
 Dan Perusich  SLCC
 Bonnie Penrose  SLCC