Chancellor’s Letter: Growth in the Hospitality Industry Means Opportunity

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Pima_chancellors_letterPima offers multiple career-oriented hospitality programs

We truly have become a mobile society. Whether we’re travelling to Bangkok, Thailand on business, to Phoenix for a baseball game, or to Bisbee for a Saturday ArtWalk, you and I will rely on folks employed by the hospitality industry during our travels.

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Lee D. Lambert, J.D.
Chancellor

That’s why this issue of Career Focus includes information on Pima Community College’s programs in hospitality, culinary arts and travel. You’ll see the stories of many former students who are achieving success in their chosen fields.

Our students and graduates have been smart to pursue careers in hospitality and tourism because those sectors are anticipating impressive job growth in the coming years. That trend is thanks in large part to a growing middle class worldwide. According to Forbes magazine, over the next 15 years, two billion people will join the middle class in China alone.

PCC is preparing people to move into management positions in the industry. PCC Hotel and Restaurant Management graduates go on to supervisory and management positions in hotels all over the country. The PCC Culinary Arts program is affiliated with the American Culinary Federation and provides training in cooking, managing a commercial kitchen, food service budgeting, menu planning and restaurant operations.

This equates to a terrific opportunity for the hospitality sector, with jobs predicted to increase dramatically across the globe over the next decade. The World Travel & Tourism Council recently published data documenting that travel and tourism’s contribution to world gross domestic product (GDP) grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, rising to a total of 9.8 percent of world GDP; that’s $7.2 trillion in U.S. dollars. Travel and tourism now supports 284 million people in employment, or 1 in 11 jobs on the planet.

How’s that for job opportunity?

On a local level, you may know that Tucson recently was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World City of Gastronomy, becoming the first city in the United States to receive such a designation. This can only make for a more robust tourism industry locally.

This issue of Career Focus also features articles on the new, state-of-the-art equipment in PCC’s dental program, an important invention by PCC student Patricia Ferrer, and the latest goings on at PCC’s Truck Driver Training program.

So you can see that Pima Community College offers the finest and most affordable education available, whether you’re interested in transferring to a four-year institution, or looking for career and technical training leading to a satisfying career.

Pima’s truly got something for everyone.

Lee D. Lambert, J.D.
Chancellor

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