Hotel Restaurant Tourism
Ogeechee Technical College

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Meet the Faculty

Michael Twisdale

Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management Instructor

Office: Rm 819
Occupational Studies Bldg

Michael grew up in the Atlanta area. He began his hospitality and tourism career working with Six Flags Over Georgia and moved into the hotel sector 3 years later. Michael has 23 years of hotel management experience that he has brought with him into the classroom setting. He received his Associates of Science degree in Hospitality Management from Florida Community College at Jacksonville. Two years later, Michael moved to the Savannah area to continue his career in the hospitality industry and decided to earn his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia Southern University. Soon after graduation, he began working on an accelerated Master’s Degree in Business Administration from South University. It took quite the perseverance to complete the degree online, continue working full time, and attending classes for 11 hours every other Saturday for a year. With his commitment to furthering his education, Michael is currently pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration in Leadership through Walden University.

Program Goals

  1. To provide a foundation of traditional academic areas to compliment the state-of-the-art hospitality focus.
  2. To provide students with a strong business foundation of accounting, human resources, marketing, hospitality law, management and leadership.
  3. To offer students real-world industry knowledge and training to prepare them to be successful managers in the hospitality industry.

Programs of Study

Hospitality Operations Associate Certificate
Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management AAS Degree*
Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management Diploma*
Event Coordinator Certificate

*Denotes Title IV eligible program (PELL).


Program Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program at Ogeechee Technical College is to educate students in the art and science of hospitality management in a customer-focused, problem solving environment that balances theory with practical real-world experience. Graduates who are current practitioners will be capable of obtaining positions that will enhance their career opportunities. Entry-level professionals will be prepared to pursue a variety of career opportunities in the hotel, restaurant and/or travel and tourism industries.


Program Courses

HRTM 1100 - Introduction to Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management
HRTM 1110 - Travel Industry and Travel Geography
HRTM 1120 - Tour and Cruise Management
HRTM Elective Course
HRTM 1140 - Hotel Operations Management
HRTM 1150 - Event Planning
HRTM 1160 - Food and Beverage Management
HRTM 1170 - Hospitality Accounting and Financial Analysis
HRTM 1201 - Hospitality Marketing
HRTM 1210 - Hospitality Law
HRTM 1220 - Leadership and Supervision in the Hospitality Industry
HRTM 1230 - Internship

(OL) designation indicates course may be available online during selected semesters. * “C” or higher grade is required for this course.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management Diploma* (HM12) 520901

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