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SAIT partners with leading Calgary hotels to embed students in industry
Some of Calgary’s leading hotels are welcoming a unique group of guests to their properties.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) students specializing in hotels and accommodations are checking- in for a 12-week practicum to connect with industry and apply their skills in a real-world setting.
The roster of hotels includes Azuridge Estate Hotel, Fairmont Palliser, Hotel Arts, Hilton Garden Inn and Suites Downtown, Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel and Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire.
Launched in Fall 2021, HTM offers six specializations and programming was built with a balance of technical and human skills, business acumen, immersive learning and a deep sense of community — further blurring the lines between the classroom and work environment.
“At the core of a SAIT education is experiential learning and engaging industry as an active partner,” says Hala Dehais, academic chair, Hospitality and Tourism. “This new practicum component allows our students to learn about the interconnectivity between all departments of a hotel and how each one is dedicated to enhancing the guest experience.”
Before COVID-19, the city’s hotels employed more than 5,000 employees. To return to pre-pandemic levels by 2023 and meet anticipated demand, industry experts say filling and growing leadership roles will be key.
“The timing is excellent — recovery is happening and will continue to grow,” says Sol Zia, executive director, Calgary Hotel Association. “This is an opportunity for hotel partners to help build a stream of future leaders — they’re going to need more than a general workforce, they’re going to need leaders.”
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SOURCE: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)