With more than five years of managerial experience in the hospitality industry, Jillian Smith saw the Vancouver Career College Hospitality Management Degree Advanced Placement Cohort Program as an opportunity to open doors for her career. The program sees participants from diverse groups of differing experiences learn from industry colleagues by engaging with program partners.
In addition to earning a credential, Jillian points out many other practical benefits. She built immensely valuable relationships with industry contacts throughout the duration of the program, and gained a much broader perspective in the field. “This program puts you in a stronger position within the industry.”
All cohort students are required to do an independent study project in their second summer as part of “giving back” to their employer (many of whom cover up to half of the program costs). Jillian’s report surveyed corporate social responsibility and her conclusions/recommendations were given to her employer the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Jillian Smith has been the International Sales Manager of the Vancouver Convention Centre since 2006.