When I was in college, my professors were always telling me how important it is to get real on-the-job experience while I was still in school. And, they said it’s important to apply what I was learning in the classroom to real-world experience if I wanted to succeed. They were right.
There is a big difference in learning about something in the classroom and actually doing it in a job setting. This is something that leaders at Walters State here in Sevier County know to be true as well.
To offer this real-world experience to students studying culinary and hospitality, Walters State is partnering with Dollywood to provide an apprenticeship that offers both classroom work and on-the job-training. Those who complete the program will have skills needed for in-demand jobs in the area, including hotel associate, food service manager and cook.
Each apprenticeship is a three-year program, and includes a job at Dollywood!
Apprentices will be paid for time spent on the job and these positions will be full-time, which includes a full benefit package.
When the program is completed, graduates will have several industry certifications, a completed apprenticeship certificate and college credit that can be applied to a technical certificate or an associate’s degree in hospitality management or culinary arts.
Graduates from the program also will earn a leadership position in their area of study within The Dollywood Company.
Watch the video below to learn more about this apprenticeship program.