Applied Learning Opportunities at Valcour Inn & Boathouse
Help manage lodging services at the Valcour Inn and Boathouse, located on Lake Champlain. This initiative is part of a partnership between the department and College Auxiliary Services, which operates the Valcour property.
Learn Effective Hotel Management
Get hands-on experience so you can appreciate, understand and embrace the management components that are necessary for hotel operation.
Virtual Property Management Training
Part of the classroom component of this experience includes hotel management software training.
In the lodging operations class, you will train on OTA, an online travel agency system similar to Expedia and other internet platforms. Many hotels across the country use the virtual property management system, including Choice Hotels, which owns 10 hotel chains, including Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites and Quality Inn. The training leads to certifications in OTA modules, which will go a long way to prepare you for your future career.
In addition to booking, you will see how a guest room is cleaned from a management perspective and to see how to operate the rooms division of the hotel.
A lodging sustainability component is also be part of the learning experience — you will learn about energy management and natural resource management.
Internships include marketing, social media, direct sales contacts and event management for the venue.
A summer internship gives you the opportunity to be the resident innkeeper with responsibilities to include management of the day-to-day operation of the inn through the summer season, the busiest for the property.
About Valcour Inn & Boathouse
A stay at Valcour is the perfect choice for tourists looking for a cultural, historical experience in an intimate setting off the beaten path. The inn operates operates as a bed and breakfast-type property year-round. Three of the nine guest rooms have a view of Lake Champlain facing Valcour Island
While the inn provides lodging on a smaller scale than many hotel chains, students can gain the skills they will need to work at larger hotels and resorts after they graduate.
In terms of lakefront access and grounds, the Valcour Inn and Boathouse is the only property of its kind in the immediate Plattsburgh area. The venue and location will provide you a chance to serve a specific kind of traveler.
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