Giving back to the community is more than just wishful thinking for Georgian College Hospitality Administration – Hotel and Resort students. Charitable fundraising is a key part of the final semester for third-year students, a task they tackle with enthusiasm and results. This year, students raised more than $13,500 for a variety of community causes – 10,000 more than their goal.
Working together in five management teams, students in the Hospitality Administration – Hotel and Resort program put to use the key skills they have learned to plan and host live fundraising events throughout the semester.Faculty member Michael Agema said it is a key learning opportunity that gives students practical, results-based experience they can use in their careers.
“This capstone course allows students to showcase the learning they have developed over the last five semesters,” says Agema. “A student may be able to write a comprehensive theoretical paper on leadership, motivation, decision-making or teamwork, but not be able to demonstrate that they can actually use these skills in the workplace. What better way to ‘live your learning’ than through a live event?”
Each team was required to plan, promote and execute a live event showcasing their mastery of five key skill areas. All events took place in the Georgian Dining Room at the Barrie Campus.
This year, they included:
- “Dress for Success”, a fashion show benefitting Camp Bucko
- “Whose Carnival Is It Anyway”, benefitting Easter Seals
- “Everybody Wins”, a casino night benefitting the YMCA Strong Kids program
- “The Price is Right”, benefitting Cardiac Kids
- A grad night event called “The Stars Come Out”, benefitting a local women and children’s shelter