This program prepares students to work in the exciting and luxurious spa and resort industries. Degree graduates will benefit from the multi-disciplinary curriculum that blends educational materials from the Exercise and Sport Science and Hospitality Lodging Management areas of study. This blended knowledge produces the fascinating and dynamic skill set required by spas and resorts; an environment in which guests come to escape and rejuvenate.
|Spa & Resort Management
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
|Spa & Resort Management
Certificate – 27 credits
That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.
Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.
Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.
Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402
Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.
My instructor and advisor, Rosealee Lee, and the rest of my teachers in the Meeting and Event Management program at Dakota County Technical College have helped me reach a goal that I never thought possible! Sometimes life throws a bend in your road. In the fall of 2010, I needed to re-enter the job market after being out of it for six years.
A career counselor quizzed me about what type of job would be desirable. She knew of Dakota County Technical College’s degree in Meeting and Event Management and encouraged me to call the instructor. I’ll never forget my first phone call with Rosealee! Fall semester was starting in one week and I needed quick and precise information from her about the program and registration. She was very empathetic to my situation and warm and sincere as she walked me through the process. She indeed gave me the strength and courage to begin my A.A.S. degree.
I met new people while learning and getting hands-on experience in the hospitality industry. I enjoyed every step along the way and graduated spring of 2012. Rosealee and the staff at Dakota County Technical College can be helpful to anyone of you out there who is looking for a life change.
I chose DCTC for their Meeting and Event Management program because it is the only one of its kind in the Twin Cities area. The instructors of the program bring knowledge and real-life experience to the table. They combine years of expertise and industry connections to make the student experience truly one of a kind.
The program works closely with local businesses and industry associations such as Meeting Planners International (MPI) and International Special Events Society (ISES), which greatly benefit the student with networking, job postings, and ongoing industry training.
During my student career, I learned valuable information while having the chance to use my developing skills in many hands-on environments. I also had opportunities to travel across the U.S., working with various top names in the industry. I owe thanks to the training and networking opportunities developed right here at DCTC for my success.
I enjoyed planning events—then I met Rosealee Lee and enrolled in the Meeting and Events Management program at DCTC and now I design experiences with “wow!” My position as event coordinator is no longer just a job that I do; it is a career that I love. DCTC’s Meeting and Events Management program offers an amazing learning experience.
I have completed the certificate program and am fully engaged in the two-year degree program and can’t wait for the next phase. I am dedicated to successfully completing this program and I feel Rosealee (Lee) and this program are dedicated to me and my success. My plans for the future—events specialist extraordinaire—WOW! Thank you, Rosealee and DCTC, you ROCK!
Employment is all about the guests and their experiences, as well as their expectations. The work environment is fast-paced. Resorts are open around-the-clock, while spas have an established schedule. Spas and resorts offer a variety of services and amenities that must be adequately and efficiently managed to provide an optimal experience for guests.
According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, lodging managers in the U.S. earn on average $26.79/hour. Top earners make more than $43/hour. ISEEK: "Competition for jobs at large hotels that offer the highest level of guest services is expected to be strong. Opportunities at smaller hotels should be better. Those who have a college degree in hotel or restaurant management, and have good customer service skills and related experience should have the best prospects."
The spa and resort industries represent a dazzling spectrum of businesses, from luxury destination spas to cruise lines to bed and breakfasts to vast multinational hotel groups. Management opportunities are everywhere—front-office operations, food and beverage management, banquet and meeting sales, human resources, facilities management and so much more.
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:
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Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.
The Spa & Resort Management program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success, student participation at hospitality events, and the accomplishments of our spa and resort management instructors.
As a student majoring in either Meeting & Event Management, Hospitality Lodging Management, or Spa & Resort Management, you can get the latest news on your program and the hospitality industry by following Instructor Rosealee Lee on social media.
As a student in DCTC's Spa & Resort Management program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the hospitality industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.
DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Spa & Resort Management students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking a career in the hospitality field. The following two clubs are open to all Spa & Resort Management students:
Meeting Professionals International DCTC Student Club
This student club is affiliated with the Minnesota chapter of Meeting Professionals International, or MPI. Club members belong to MPI, the world's largest association for the $100 billion meeting and event industry. MPI is committed to positioning meetings and events as key strategic components of a company or organization's success. Established in 1978, the MPI Minnesota Chapter empowers its more than 450 members to increase their strategic value through education, professional development and business growth opportunities. Visit MPI Minnesota and MPI International to learn more. You can also visit the MPI DCTC Student Club on Facebook.
DCTC Hospitality Alumni Network
As a graduate with a DCTC Hospitality Careers degree or certificate, you can join the Hospitality Alumni Network as a great way to stay connected to people at the college as well as to other alumni. You can also reach out to assist current students in your program.