Normandale receives Hospitality Pathways Grant from Carlson Family Foundation

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

The Carlson Family Foundation, in connection with Carlson, recently awarded a grant of $358,137 to the Normandale Community College Hospitality Department.  The three-year grant will be used to fund the Hospitality Pathways: Optimizing Talent and Opportunities program.

Hospitality Pathways is a unique collaboration between Normandale and HIRED, an organization that helps provide job skills training and employment assistance to dislocated workers, low-income adults, people making the transition from welfare to work, recent immigrants and youth.

The Hospital Pathways program will be a five month program, consisting of academic and experiential training program offered at Normandale that will be designed to fast-track students into junior leadership positions in the hospitality, travel, and tourism industry.

Hospitality Pathways will cover eight credits of tuition and fees, textbooks, American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute's Guest Service Gold Certification, industry mentoring, employability skills training, and academic counseling.

Training runs from January 12, 2016 through June 7, 2016. The training begins with a 13 week (one night each week) course offering an introduction to the hospitality, travel, and tourism industry. This course will focus on developing the leadership and interpersonal skills needed to become an effective manager in the hospitality travel and, tourism industry. The remaining weeks of the program, will entail a 150 hours hospitality and tourism internship. This will give students hands-on experience through work-integrated learning from industry professionals working in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry. It will also introduce students to technical and administrative competencies needed by hospitality leaders while working in a paid internship and/or job shadowing experience.

Throughout the program, students will be supported by industry mentors who will assist with their professional development, HIRED Navigators who will provide support, employability skills instruction, career exploration and job search assistance, and college advisors who will provide additional counseling on academic coursework and career possibilities.

In the state of Minnesota, there are over 250,000 full and part-time jobs related to the tourism industry representing almost $4.5 billion in wages. These include entry-level service jobs to high paying executive positions.

For more information and/or to apply, contact Todd Erickson at or by phone at (952)-697-1317.