It’s official. Hotel Henry at the Richardson-Olmsted Campus has officially entered into a Practicum Experience arrangement with Buffalo State’s Hospitality and Tourism Department. That means that the hotel will be working directly with Buffalo State students who are looking to get hands on experience in the hotel industry.
According to Diana Principe, Partner at Hotel Henry and The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, “Hotel Henry received accreditation from The State University of New York System, to partner with Buffalo State College as a professional development site for students of the college. Our first collaboration is with the Hospitality and Tourism Department. Students in this department will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the operations of the hotel in the five key operating areas. Students accepted into this program will work through five rotations the first semester: rooms division, sales, marketing, food & beverage, and catering & conference services. The students will then concentrate in their preferred area during the second semester of the program. The students will be required to take two courses that will be associated with the practicum for six credits. The course will be taught onsite at Hotel Henry by Hospitality & Tourism faculty.”
Students in this department will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the operations of the hotel in the five key operating areas.
Not only will these students obtain valuable experience through the program, they may also be more inclined to enter into the Buffalo workforce upon completion of the program, which commences this fall.
“We are so excited to have entered into this collaboration with Buffalo State,” added Diana. “It expands the offerings and elevates the status of the college’s excellent hospitality program as it provides unique experiential learning opportunities for students.”
This is the type of working relationship that more local businesses should have with our colleges and the university. There are so many different classed and programs that could benefit by striking up similar partnerships.
To learn more about the program, click here.