Comparison of Dallas Area Schools Offering Restaurant Management Programs
In the Dallas, Texas, metropolitan area, prospective restaurant managers can pursue academic training through one of three public schools, all within 35 minutes of downtown Dallas. Each school offers cooperative education opportunities through its certificate and associate degree programs. This article helps aspiring students by providing a table of information they should know, such as tuition, enrollment and graduation rate at each school, then looks into the specific programs offered at each institution.
- With a central campus location in the heart of downtown Dallas, El Centro College offers an Associate of Applied Sciences and a certificate program in food and hospitality services.
- About 25 miles from downtown Dallas, in Fort Worth, Tarrant County College District has a certificate program in restaurant operations and an associate degree program in hotel and restaurant administration.
- Another option is Collin County Community College, located in McKinney, about 26 miles from the Dallas city center. It has certificate and associate degree programs in hotel and restaurant management.
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Comparison of Schools
There are many facts to be considered by students who are deciding on a school. The following table presents important statistics about each of these institutions.
|El Centro College||Tarrant County College District||Collin County Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||10,549*||50,595*||27,991*|
|Campus Setting||Large City||Large City||Midsize Suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$1,770 in-district; $3,330 in-state; $5,220 out-of-state*||$1,320 in-district; $2,064 in-state; $4,920 out-of-state*||$1,174 in-district; $2,344 in-state; $4,144 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2013-2014)||80%*||77%*||38%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A - Open Admissions||N/A - Open Admissions||N/A - Open Admissions|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)||55% for full-time, 49% for part-time students*||59% for full-time, 48% for part-time students*||66% for full-time, 52% part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (Students who began their studies in 2011)||6%*||10%*||11%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
El Centro College
El Centro College began serving Dallas County residents in 1966. The Food and Hospitality Institute offers several certificate and associate's degree options for prospective culinary arts and hospitality managers.
Certificate in Food and Hospitality Service - Certified Food and Hospitality Manager
The food and hospitality manager certificate program features coursework in sanitation, food and beverage controls, hospitality marketing and restaurant purchasing. Other coursework satisfies requirements to obtain the Registered Food Service Manager and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission certifications. Students pursuing a certificate will also complete an internship or cooperative education experience in restaurant management. Graduates are trained for entry-level management positions in the hospitality industry.
Associate of Applied Sciences in Food and Hospitality Service
In addition to completing the food and hospitality service certificate courses, students pursuing the Associate of Applied Sciences will complete courses in hospitality supervision, business communication and facilities design. Prospective restaurant managers could also take classes in American cuisine, business communication, purchasing and a cooperative experience. The associate's degree program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation's Accrediting Commission.
Tarrant County College District
Tarrant County College is the seventh biggest college in Texas, with campuses in the Hurst, Fort Worth and Arlington metropolitan areas. At the southeast campus in Arlington, students can pursue specialized certificate or associate's degree programs for prospective restaurant managers.
Certificate of Completion in Restaurant Operations
The Certificate in Restaurant Operations program features courses in purchasing, food and beverage operations, front office procedures, facilities design and dining room service. The last semester includes a supervised hospitality administration and management practicum.
Associate of Applied Science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration
This program includes coursework such as food and beverage operations, loss prevention and hospitality leadership. Students will also complete general studies requirements and supportive coursework in basic food preparation and customer service, as well as a supervised practicum.
Collin County Community College
Collin County Community College was founded in 1985. At the Preston Ridge campus, students can earn certificate and associate-level training in restaurant management through the Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Education (IHCE).
Certificate in Hotel/Restaurant Management
The certificate program in hotel and restaurant management is designed for completion in two semesters of coursework. Program courses cover hospitality financial management, legal issues in the hospitality industry and hospitality marketing. The sanitation and safety course grants certifications in ServSafe and food protection management.
Associate of Applied Sciences in Hospitality and Food Service Management - Hotel/Restaurant Management
The hotel/restaurant management track includes coursework covering facilities management, hospitality human resources, purchasing and catering. The program features a leadership capstone course, hospitality computing and operations purchasing. Students will also complete a cooperative education experience, as well as obtain the same sanitation and safety certifications as the certificate program.