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Food and Beverage Business Management: Working for Yourself; Working for the Public

Day 1: Table setting

Day 90: How to open your own restaurant

"Our management programs attract students who have intense entrepreneurial spirits. Graduates leave here with a solid understanding of how to run a business or open one.”
--Michelle Ford, Dean of Food and Beverage Business Management Program

Become a Leader

The first step for many students is learning about the many possible careers there are in Food and Beverage Business Management! Once you find your niche, you can begin acquiring the skills you will need.  Finance, human resources, technology, service, purchasing and communication are only a few of the areas that you will need to understand for career advancement in management or entrepreneurship.

Troubleshooting 101

Our “whole person” education, in the classroom and in the field, will develop your critical and creative thinking skills so that you can begin your career with confidence. You’ll know how to deal with inevitable crises, how to make menu adjustments, and how to manage people.

Professors and Role Models

Our instructors have impressive careers as industry professionals and will teach you how to put theory into practice every day. We’ll help you choose and prepare you for careers that might not even exist yet!

Consider the Guest: Grace Under Pressure

This concept is at the heart of our program. Anticipating the needs and desires of the people we serve--being proactive-- is not always instinctual! Interpersonal skills are every bit as important as knife skills!

One House: Break Down the Wall

The future of the restaurant business increasingly depends on breaking down the old wall between the front of the house and the back of the house. NECI students know what its like to work in both.

We offer:

  • Certificate in Food and Beverage Business Management

    Learning in our operations, side-by-side with NECI chefs and instructors for 22 weeks gives you the skills you need to perform with confidence. This intensive “learn by doing” program gets to the heart of day-to-day kitchen operations. The Certificate programs are designed to prepare students to become industry professionals. As graduates, they will be able to perform effectively at one or more positions in a variety of foodservice establishments, depending on concentration. In addition to professional technical skills, Certificate students will also focus on business and entrepreneurial goals.

  • Associate of Occupational Studies in Food and Beverage Business Management

    The associate (Associate of Occupational Studies) degree in Food and Beverage Business Management is a 16 month, 4-semester program that includes classroom work, intensive hands-on learning in the public restaurants and operations of NECI. The Associate of Occupational Studies in Food and Beverage Business Management is designed to prepare qualified students to become skilled front-of-the house professionals.

    Students develop an understanding of management theory as applied to the food and beverage industry, while studying the culture and trends of the hospitality field in general. Using skills learned in this program, graduates are able to perform effectively in front-of-the-house service as dining room supervisors, events managers, and reservationists.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Food and Beverage Business Management

    The residential bachelor’s (Bachelor of Arts) degree in Food and Beverage Business Management is a 32-month program that includes two 12-month residencies (three semesters each) of classroom work, intensive hands-on learning in the food service outlets of NECI. Additional hands-on lab work will be offered through intensive internal practicums, lab courses and a final outside externship at an establishment that will appropriately challenge the student’s skills.  Course delivery may be residential, wholly online or a hybrid of both, depending on the institutional needs, as well as student needs and abilities.

    Our Bachelor of Arts in Food and Beverage Business Arts is designed to prepare qualified students for professional level careers in the contemporary food and beverage industry. Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to understand fundamental business, management and entrepreneurial skills. This program is designed for individuals seeking to further advance their careers with more advanced course work in business, management, and the entrepreneurial aspects of the food and beverage management field. Upon completing the program, graduates are able to perform effectively in entry and mid-level management positions in the hospitality industry, such as assistant kitchen manager, banquet or events director, manager in a small restaurant, or assistant food and beverage manager.

    In all cases, graduates are prepared to pursue further education in advanced hospitality and culinary management topics.

Associate in Occupational Studies in Food, Beverage and Business Management  (2016)
Bachelor in Food Beverage and Business Management  (2016)