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Hospitality Management & Co-operative Education

Hospitality Management

Learn Beyond the Classroom

The Hospitality Management Co-operative Education Program allows students to apply their classroom learning in the Hospitality industry. Completing two co-op work terms (for diploma students) and three co-op work terms (for degree students) is a mandatory program component. Through co-op semesters, students will gain practical real-life work experience before graduation.

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Student Story

"Going into the hospitality degree program I wondered why we had to take co-op class. I said to myself: ‘I know how to work and be professional, so I do not need this class.’ But I tried to be open to the teachings and did all my assignments and participated in in-class exercises. Although I did not get my dream job, I still was able to benefit from the co-op program.

For someone who has social anxiety but loves hospitality it can be difficult but at the beginning of my co-op job we were asked to write our goals, challenges and solutions, and I attained one of my goals of increasing my self-confidence. [My self-confidence] has really improved and I am able to cater to the needs of guests without feeling anxiety of how my accent sounds or if I am able to be of service to them. I would say to other students: ‘be open to the co-op program and you will not regret it.’ I hope you enjoy this program as much as I do.”

Oluwawememi Ayodele (Wemmy), Bachelor of Hospitality Management Student

Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce

Asteras Greek Taverna

Averill Creek Vineyard

Baan Thai Restaurant 

Coast Hotels

Crowne Plaza

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada

Lakeside Resort Hotel

Lighthouse Bistro & Pub

Melia Hotels and Resorts

Mercure Hotel

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Pacific Shore Resort & Spa

Rimrock Resort Hotel

Rockwater Secret Cove Resort

Shanghai City Chinese Restaurant

Sonora Resort

Spirit Ridge Resort

Sundance College

The Butchart Gardens 

The Grand Hotel

Tourism Vancouver Island

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts


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