Saturday, August 1, 2009

Clemens College

About Clemens College

Clemens College, formerly known as the International College of Hospitality Management, is located in beautiful Suffield, Connecticut – ninety minutes from Boston and only fifteen minutes from Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut.

Clemens College offers accelerated Associate of Science Degrees in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Management.

Students who begin a program at Clemens College are likely to complete it in as few as 18 months. With their accelerated programs, students earn their credentials sooner and therefore begin earning appropriate compensation right away.

The College's philosophy is a matter of standards rather than size. Like other educational institutions of proven leadership, Clemens College has achieved a defining role in its field through uncompromising adherence to excellence.


Clemens College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The College is also licensed and accredited by the State of Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education.

Their educational approach is based on two simple but rigorous principles:

  • Professionalism is a key component of success in any career. To be successful, students must get in the habit of demonstrating the highest standards of professional behavior. Paid internships in professional workplaces are essential to this process.

  • Excellence in any career requires the breadth of knowledge and personal insight that only a liberal arts education can provide.

At Clemens College they believe careers are built not only with skills and credentials, but also with careful, individualized guidance and placement of the right graduate on the right career path.

Clemens College faculty is comprised of experienced professionals in hotel management, culinary arts, business administration, food service management as well as liberal arts.

In addition to coursework and practical experience, students receive intensive and highly personalized career training during their paid internships at prestigious hotels, restaurants, resorts, casinos and hospitality-related businesses. Currently, hundreds of graduates are represented in the hospitality industry worldwide.

Name Change

Clemens College was founded in 1992 as the Swiss Hospitality Institute, in Washington, Connecticut. In 1994, the institution was approved to confer collegiate programs at the associate degree level, and was renamed the International College of Hospitality Management, César Ritz. In 2003, under new ownership, the college was relocated to Suffield, Connecticut, on the grounds of the former St. Alphonsus College. In 2007, the name was changed to Clemens College to honor Samuel Clemens, one of Connecticut’s best loved literary figures, better know by his pen-name, Mark Twain.

More than a school

Clemens College offers a selection of exercise machines, basketball courts, and sports equipment for basketball, volleyball, and soccer. During the summer and fall, nearby Sunrise Park and state parks are ideal for swimming, boating, bicycling, hiking, and camping. Winter sports nearby include skating, hockey, sledding, and skiing, both cross country and downhill.

Six Flags New England is a quarter mile up the road. Students visit often and some work at the park.

Clemens College is unique in that students live and interact with people from a wide variety of nations, cultures, and backgrounds. Students live either on campus or in off-campus apartments.
Student life on campus is directly related to the energy and creativity of the student body. The Director of Student Services assists and supports students' involvement in campus life, their individual and social development, issues related to health and wellness, life in the residence halls, participation in student government, and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

High-speed Internet access is provided in the library and at most locations on the College grounds.

Industry Information

The Wall Street Journal reports that recent college graduates who work in hotel-property management earn the following average annually starting salaries, according to a 2004 report from Wage Watch Inc., a human resources survey firm in Scottsdale, Arizona:

Assistant director of food and beverage: $45,000
Guest-service manager: $34,485
Assistant banquet manager: $32,300
Entry-level sales manager: $34,500
Assistant director of human resources: $40,000

2007 Restaurant Industry Facts according to the National Restaurant Association:

Sales: $537 billion

Employees: 12.8 million- the restaurant industry is the largest employer outside of government

The number of foodservice managers is projected to increase 11 percent from 2007 to 2017

Four out of five consumers agree that going out to a restaurant is a better way to use their leisure time than cooking and cleaning up.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook:

The employment of lodging managers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014.

Job opportunities are expected to be best for persons with college degrees in hotel or hospitality management.

Additional demand for managers is expected in suite hotels, because some guests-especially business customers- are willing to pay higher prices for rooms with kitchens and suites that provide the space needed to conduct small meetings.

Large full-service hotels- offering restaurants, fitness centers, large meeting rooms, and play areas for children, among other amenities- will continue to provide many trainee and managerial opportunities.

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