Albany Technical College student Patrick Jenkins cuts the ribbon Thursday on ATC’s new marketing management lab. With Jenkins are, from left, ATC President Anthony Parker, state Rep. Winfred Dukes, Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and state Rep. Carol Fullerton. Moments later, ATC cut the ribbon on a new lab specializing in hotel, restaurant and tourism management.
ALBANY — Albany Technical College cut the ribbon on two new labs Thursday at Freedom Hall.
The new hotel/restaurant/tourism management lab will provide students enrolled in the program an opportunity for extensive hands-on training in all areas of hospitality management.
Students will be able to work in hotel rooms, a cruise ship cabin, travel agency, hotel lobby, as well as handle the front of the house in a restaurant.
Classes will be offered to teach students how to check in hotel guests, book travel packages, plan events and handle all aspects of management from human resources to legal issues.
“This new lab will provide an opportunity to train potential employees with tools they will use in the work place,” said Lisa Riddle, chairperson for the hotel/restaurant/tourism management program at Albany Tech. “Our state-of-the-art facility will benefit Albany’s hotels, restaurants and tourism facilities, as well as provide students training that can be used all over the world.”
The new marketing management classroom will house 30 Apple MacBooks, which are secured in the desks and more easily accessible, and will create opportunities for more classroom use than in the past. The new lab is also equipped with a 16-foot display window, new mannequins, installation equipment and accessories that will allow marketing students to get a hands-on look at the retail and space creation elements included in the field.
“The new and improved marketing management lab and classroom will help to foster more creativity and technology utilization through new resources offered in the space,” said Kristel Baranko, chairperson for the marketing management program at Albany Tech.