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 and consider this for your list of things to do this summer.