Lakes Region Community College to Launch Hospitality Management Program with Local Partners

Lakes Region Community College to Launch Hospitality Management Program with Local Partners

Sent to media February 16, 2017

Lakes Region Community College to Launch Hospitality Management Program with Local Partners

Co-op model developed in collaboration with The Common Man and Inn at Mills Falls to provide real life learning experience

Meredith, NH – Things will be cooking at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) this fall when the college launches an Associate of Science in Hospitality Management. The degree is a co-op model that enables students to gain real world learning experience at nearby hospitality businesses to complement their class work.

The program will be enrolling students for the fall of 2017. The curriculum was developed in a collaborative fashion with leadership at The Common Man and The Inn at Mill Falls. It is currently being finalized and will be posted to the web and open for enrollment in the next few weeks. 

“We’re very excited about launching this program. Our industry partners played an invaluable role in its development and the co-op model is so well suited for work in hospitality management. Through this model, our graduates will be work ready from day one and may even have a permanent job awaiting them with one of our industry partners,” said Alan Punches, Vice President for Academic and Community Affairs. He added that additional industry partners may come on board as well.

Under the co-op model, class schedules are coordinated around the opportunities for students to apply their learning experiences as employees of the industry partner and will be paid for their work. During the fall and spring semesters, students will complete the program curriculum and general education requirements, while between terms, they will complete 100-hour co-op experiences at one of the partner facilities. During the summer between the first and second year, students will complete a 300-hour co-op experience.  

LRCC, with representation from local restaurants and the lodging industry, will be holding a summit to announce full details of the new program on February 16 at 9 am at LRCC’s Academic Commons.

To learn more contact Professor Patrick Hall at, 603.708.1189 or visit  

About LRCC

Lakes Region Community College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that serves over 1,200 students annually. LRCC offers 28 associate degree programs including Nursing, Fire Technology, Business, Media Arts, Culinary Arts, Automotive, and Marine Technology, as well as short-term certificate programs. In addition, LRCC provides a strong background in Liberal Arts for students who choose to do their first two years at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree.  LRCC is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.