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John A. Logan College Launches Innovative Hospitality Management Program to Meet Regional Workforce Demand

Published on April 24, 2024

John A. Logan College proudly announces its establishment of a groundbreaking hospitality management program poised to revolutionize the regional workforce landscape and foster economic prosperity in southern Illinois.

With the region’s tourism, recreation, and hospitality industries flourishing, there’s a pressing need for skilled professionals to fill the current vacancies and anticipated future roles. Recognizing this demand, John A. Logan College is committed to providing top-tier education and training through its newly developed Hospitality Management program.

“We aim to equip individuals with the expertise and skills necessary to excel in the dynamic field of hospitality,” said Dr. Stephanie Chaney Hartford, Provost of John A. Logan College. “By offering this program, we are not only meeting the needs of our community but also contributing to the continued growth and development of southern Illinois.”

The program comes at a pivotal time, as the projections of the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate a significant surge in job opportunities within the leisure and hospitality sector. Over the next decade, the U.S. economy is expected to add 1.9 million jobs in this field, constituting 23.1 percent of all new job additions. With an annual growth rate of 1.3 percent, the hospitality industry emerges as the fastest-growing sector, underscoring the importance of initiatives like John A. Logan College’s Hospitality Management program.

Enrollment in the program has begun, and classes will begin in August 2024. Students can choose between a degree in Hospitality Management or a certificate in Hospitality Management Operations. The program promises a comprehensive curriculum to nurture the next generation of hospitality leaders.

“We are excited to embark on this journey with our students, empowering them to thrive in diverse hospitality environments,” remarked Dr. Nathan Arnett, Assistant Provost of Academic Affairs. “Through hands-on training, industry insights, and experiential learning opportunities, we are shaping future professionals who will drive innovation and excellence in hospitality.”

The Hospitality Management program at John A. Logan College exemplifies the institution’s commitment to academic excellence, workforce development, and community enrichment. Southern Illinois continues to emerge as a hub for tourism and hospitality, and John A. Logan College is committed to helping grow tourism in southern Illinois.

For more information about the Hospitality Management program at John A. Logan College, visit or contact Mr. Scott Wernsman, Dean of Career & Technical Education and Workforce Training at (618) 985-2828 x8403.