Up & Coming Weekly

June 09, 2020

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JUNE 10-16, 2020 UCW 47 There is no better time to invest in yourself and start working toward the career you have always wanted. Earning a degree in hospitality management can support your desire to travel, will allow you to explore your entrepreneurial spirit and may open the door to opportunities that you never envisioned. When I was asked in December to write about the hospitality management program and industry, I anti- cipated sharing the industry's newest initiatives. At that time, I expected to be revealing new travel and tourism trends and data, social media and virtual reality mar- keting strategies and the disposable income tenden- cies that were driving growth and expansion within hospitality businesses. However, the industry landsca- pe changed significantly with the challenges that have been experienced because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. So, why is earning a degree in hospitality manage- ment more valuable than ever? The reality is that the hospitality industry will probably be forever changed, but with change comes opportunity. The most important and common attribute for success in the hospitality sec- tor is impactful leadership. In what has always been an exciting and ever-changing industry, the most successful leaders ensure that they are prepared to quickly respond to changes that are often beyond control. Consider this example: A wedding was scheduled at your venue, and the bride and groom sent invitations with the incorrect time; guests begin arriving early. Another example: Due to supply chain issues, your published Valentine's Day dinner menu items are not available. Consider these two examples and how you would respond in these situations. Having the knowledge and ability to quickly navigate through challenges and go beyond normal operating pro- cedures to continue enhancing guest experiences is the key. Identifying ways to modify your organization's day- to-day functionality, communicating and changing the expectations of your team, training staff and successfully implementing new procedures are crucial to remaining relevant and profitable. As a leader, you must constantly evaluate your business, invest in your team and be able to define and uphold your competitive advantage. FTCC's hospitality management degree will help you become an effective, customer-oriented, data-driven, decision-making manager, helping you excel as you progress in your career. Choose a career in hotel and lod- ging, food and beverage, restaurant, travel and tourism, spas or recreational segments. With coursework focusing on guest services, leadership, management principles, restaurant and lodging operations, marketing, sanitation, ethical decision-making, cost controls/loss prevention, law, and human resources, you will receive the knowled- ge and education to be well prepared for the workforce. Certificates in event planning, hotel and lodging management, and restaurant management are also avai- lable at FTCC and are offered 100% online. All courses are taught by faculty personnel who have experience working in the industry, bringing the ability to share their real-world knowledge and perspective to the classroom. If you enjoy working with diverse individuals in a fast-paced environment that can take you practically anywhere, hospitality management may be for you. For more information, please visit faytechcc.edu and enter "hospitality management" in the search tool. You can also contact me at goldk@faytechcc.edu or 910-678-8507. Registration for fall semester classes has begun; classes begin Aug. 17. Take the first step to an exciting new career today by signing up for fall classes at FTCC. Explore your entrepreneurial spirit with a hospitality management degree from FTCC by KELLY GOLD EDUCATION Reflecting on the events and conversations of the past few weeks, I have to admit I am unable to make sense of most of it. And, I realize what I have to do is look beyond what I can see, and listen beyond what I can hear. I have to look and listen for God. As Jesus reminded us to not be be anxious over what we see and hear, what we have or lack, what we know and don't know, he said this, as recorded in Matthew 6:33: "...seek first the kingdom of God and his righteous- ness, and all these things will be added to you." You catch that? As we seek the Lord first, his wis- dom and understanding pour over us with real free- dom to follow his plan and purpose for our lives. In 1 Corinthians 1:25, it says this: "For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men." That's what we need. The wisdom of God. The strength of God. The freedom that is greater than anything in our Constitution and beyond the liberty afforded us by any amendment. When we seek and enter the presence of God, we'll find the peace we've been seeking all along. And as we acknowledge his presence we'll see more clearly that he is what we really need. I see our national condition as the result of a systematic removal of absolute truth from the laws by which we govern and a shifting moral base. You and I need to cry out to God. We need to ask God to step in. We need to start or rebuild the relation- ship and acknowledge he is our Father, our Abba Father, our Daddy. Gone is the time for demanding our rights as citi- zens of this nation more loudly than we proclaim and present Jesus to a world that needs him. Gone is the time to just say we love Jesus without loving others. Now is the time we need to come together, lock arms and pull together for what the Gospel really is: the true story of God's love and collective plan for us without regard for the color of our skin, the country we were born in or what denomination we prefer when we go to church. America needs Jesus. China needs Jesus. Russia, Mexico and Sudan need Jesus. The world needs to know the truth about God and find the peace only he can give in the midst of this and any storm. He is truth. He is justice. And he is waiting. Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all. Discernment, understanding and wisdom by DAN DEBRULER Gone is the time to just say we love Jesus without loving others. Now is the time we need to come together, lock arms and pull together for what the Gospel really is. The hospitality management degree that FTCC offers can help you avoid sticky situations and enhance guest experiences when working in the hospitality industry. OPINION DAN DEBRULER, General Manager, WCLN. Comments? Editor@upandcomingweekly. com. 910-484-6200. KELLY GOLD,Hospitality Management Depart- ment Chair and Business Division Chair, FTCC. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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