Friday, February 24, 2012

Hospitality Tourism Department Head Patricia Agnew Highlighted on Cvent

This week, Alan Kleinfeld highlighted Ms. Agnew in the Cvent Hospitality Education Spotlight:
"It's easy to see when you meet Patricia Agnew that she has a passion not only for the culinary arts, but for those students studying culinary arts as well. She's even done some of her own studying in Paris."
Degree/Designation: Masters Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration, University of South Carolina; Intermediate Certificate of Culinary Studies, La Varenne Ecole De Cuisine; and Certified Hospitality Educator, American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.

Years as an Educator: 15+
Years in the Meetings/Hospitality Industry: 25+
Name of Institution: Trident Technical College

Name of Program/Educational Focus: Culinary Institute of Charleston
How long has the program been around: Since 1987
How many students are in the program? "Recent enrollment figures reflect nearly 1,000 students enrolled in associate degree programs in hospitality and tourism management and culinary arts plus multiple certificate programs."
Favorite subject you teach and why? "Teaching Introduction to Hospitality is always a pleasure as students begin to understand the true meaning of service and explore career options available to them in the industry."
What do you see as the challenges facing students in the coming years? How can they best prepare? "As the hospitality industry continues to grow with staggering speed, students are challenged to explore every possible avenue for understanding future growth of the industry including technology, ecological awareness, diversity in the global marketplace and rapidly evolving changes in communication. We urge them to prepare through frequent networking, engaging in discussions with industry mentors, gaining valuable volunteer experience and pursuing professional certifications to build prospects for future success."
"With over 150,000 supplier profiles, the Cvent Supplier Network is the industry's most comprehensive online database of hotels, special event venues, conference centers, convention centers, audio-visual companies, caterers and more."

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