Hospitality Career Pathways

Your Career Starts Here

Did you know there were 459 entry-level hospitality jobs open in Salt Lake County between August 2018 and January 2019? We want to help you get a job in a leading hotel in our area, and to be ready for a promotion when the time is right.  (Source: EMSI/March 2019)

What are you waiting for? Register today!


foundations training

  • Tuition paid at 100%
  • UTA SLCC student pass for duration of training
  • Guaranteed job interview

Foundations Training Tracks

1.) Expert Guide to Housekeeping

August Training Schedule

The course introduces and prepares participants to join the hospitality industry. Through classroom lecture and practical hands-on activities, students will learn to hone customer service and housekeeping skills specific to the hospitality industry.

2.) Back-of-House/Culinary Track

August Training Schedule

The course is an introduction to the hospitality industry with a focus on food service. It lays the groundwork for building foundational skills needed to secure and maintain entry-level positions. Other topics include best employment practices for working in the industry, food handler’s permit (basic sanitation), guest service and potential career paths.

meet our faculty

Samantha “Sam” Nyman is the Director of Housekeeping at Hilton Salt Lake City Center. Sam has been working in the hospitality industry for 20 years and started her career with in a front desk role before moving to a rooms controller position. She moved into housekeeping soon afterward, where she has spent 10 years at Hilton filling the roles of housekeeping manager and director of housekeeping, overseeing both laundry and guestroom attendants. Being a certified trainer at the hotel and engaging with a team of 45, Sam brings a wealth of knowledge to create a solid curriculum for the workforce talent the hotels need. 

Richard Prall, MAOM, FMP is an experienced manager of multi-unit foodservice and hospitality operations. He is an adjunct instructor with the Culinary Institute at Salt Lake Community College, and is the subject matter expert working with the SLCC team to develop the back-of-house/culinary foundations training.


Pre-College Course – coming soon!

AAS in Hospitality Management

This program prepares students for entry-level management responsibility in the dynamic field of hospitality. The curriculum emphasizes a broad base of industry skills built on a strong business core, customer relations skills, and creative problem solving. This associate’s degree can be completed in two years. Learn more.



How much does it cost to go through the training program?
Tuition for the foundations level of this training program is 100 percent paid for by Salt Lake County. For high-potential employees already working in the hospitality industry in Salt Lake County, the pre-college training is 100 percent paid for and the AAS program tuition is covered at 50 percent. The County leadership saw a need to provide its large and growing hospitality industry with trained workers and is providing extensive support to help the industry thrive.

Why should I go through the foundations program instead of just finding a job on my own?
Completing training through this program offers benefits beyond free or reduced tuition. Depending on which level you are in, benefits include:
  • UTA transportation pass
  • Assistance with resume writing and online job applications
  • Entry to job fairs specifically for program participants
  • More

What are the requirements for getting into the program?
You’ll need to complete a written application form. For questions about it, assistance or a paper copy, call Bonnie Penrose at 801-957-5449.

I’m a hotel/motel operator in Salt Lake County and I want to become involved in this program. How can I get started?
We welcome new partners to the Hospitality Career Pathways Initiative. To discuss in detail how the program works and what contributions partners make, contact Scott Beck at Visit Salt Lake at

I'm interested in the hospitality program; what is my tax liability if I participate?
The funds used to pay for this initiative are considered a fellowship grant that may or may not be taxable to you, depending on your specific circumstances. For more information on the taxability of fellowship grants, please see Publication 970 - Tax Benefits for Education, from the IRS. Additionally, please consult your tax advisor for proper treatment of the grant for income tax purposes.

Contact Us

Jennifer Pollock 
Program Manager | Workforce Training & Continuing Education

Funded by Salt Lake County, with gracious support from Visit Salt Lake

Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Members

Honorary Chair

 Clint Ensign

Sinclair Oil Corporation Chair, SLCC Board of Trustees

 John Campbell
 Woodbury Corporation
 Scott George  Woodbury Corporation
 Doug Koob
 Marriott City Center
 Mark Mundel
 Little America
 Abby Murtagh
 Hilton Hotels & Resorts
 Alan Tuttle
 Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek
Non-Voting Members
 Rick Bouillon  SLCC 
 Scott Beck   Visit Salt Lake
 Jeffrey Coker  SLCC
 Diana Guetschow  SLCC
 Mi Yon Hodges  SLCC 
 Gina Sanchez  Utah Department of Workforce Services
 Mark Mundel  Little America
 Scott French  Little America
 Nicole Hausner  Hilton
 Meghan James  Hyatt
 Joshua Bell
 Jeffrey Coker  SLCC
 Bernhard Gotz  Little America
 Sebastian Lowrey
 Hilton Salt Lake City Center
 Melva Sine
 Utah Restaurant Association
 Mark Mundel
 Little America
 Gina Sanchez 
 Utah Department of Workforce Services
 Meghan James
Hospitality Management AAS
 John Campbell  Woodbury Corporation
 Jeffrey Coker  SLCC
 Scott George  Woodbury Corporation
 Yoshika Sanders  Hilton
 Mark Mundel  Little America
 Dan Perusich  SLCC
 Bonnie Penrose  SLCC