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Beverage Management
Curriculum code 1414
Course Requirements                    Restaurant/Hotel Management and Culinary Arts Web site

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The Beverage Management Program prepares students for entry-level positions in the beverage area of restaurants, hotels and clubs.

The Beverage Management Program combines small business management training applicable to the hospitality industry in general and the beverage area in particular.

This certificate program requires fewer credit hours to complete than an Associate degree. Courses taken in this certificate program may be applied to Moraine Valley's Restaurant/Hotel Management or Culinary Arts Associate in Applied Science degree program without loss of credit. This program is intended to lead to employment. Students considering transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program should make an appointment with an academic advisor to review options. Alcohol awareness certification is also provided by the Beverage Management program and is required by many communities.

Nature of WorkA beverage manager may oversee an operation, as well as manage a lounge or beverage service area. A beverage manager deals with all facets of operation, including personnel, menu planning, inventory control, sanitation, beverage preparation, and marketing.

Related Job TitlesFood and beverage manager, bartender, sommelier, purchasing agent, convention services manager, customer service manager, restaurant manager, food production manager, and food and beverage sales.

Employment OutlookJob openings are expected to be abundant for food and beverage serving and related workers. Overall employment of these workers is expected to increase as fast as the average over the 2008-18 period as population, personal incomes, and employment expand. While employment growth will create many new jobs, the overwhelming majority of openings will arise from the need to replace the high proportion of workers who leave the occupations each year. Projected employment growth between 2008 and 2018 varies somewhat job type; however, average employment growth is expected for almost all food and beverage serving and related occupations.

Food and beverage serving and related workers derive their earnings from a combination of hourly wages and customer tips. Earnings vary greatly, depending on the type of job and establishment. In some large restaurants and hotels, food and beverage serving and related workers belong to unions principally the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union and the Service Employees International Union. Resource: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011

For job listings and job placement assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, S202, (708) 974-5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

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