The Travel Program develops skills necessary for a variety of careers in the multi-billion dollar travel industry. Moraine Valley's travel curriculum encompasses essential information regarding travel services, products and current issues, as well as technical and interpersonal skills. Our faculty members are subject-matter experts and working professionals in the travel industry.
The comprehensive program covers international travel, hotels, conventions, and car rental, as well as transportation options available for traveling, including motor coach, air, rail, and ship. Gain experience on reservation computer systems currently used in the travel industry plus internet research skills. An internship is offered with various segments of the travel industry where students can incorporate what is learned in the classroom to an on-the-job experience. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in the Walt Disney World College Program Internship in Orlando, Fla.
Travel Industry Outpaces in Employment Recovery
The travel industry continues to be one of the prime drivers of the nation’s economy, according to an official at the U.S. Travel Association. In a 2012 news release, David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, said travel has created more than 285,000 jobs over the past few years and that the travel industry’s job growth continues to outpace the growth of the rest of the economy in employment recovery.
Travel Business Management A.A.S.
The mission of the Travel Business Management Program at Moraine Valley is to provide students with the occupational, technical and interpersonal skills necessary to survive and thrive in the travel industry. In addition to specific content knowledge, students will develop cross-cultural awareness, global understanding and communication skills. The program prepares students for a variety of options: pursuit of employment in the travel industry, transfer to a four-year college or university, professional development for those already employed in the field, and general knowledge for those interested in travel-related issues.