Hospitality & Public Services

For some, career goals are all about personal ambition. For others, the satisfaction of serving others and making them feel or look their best is a reward all its own.

Preschool Teacher

Preschool Teacher sitting with a student in her lap and two other students sitting on the floor.

Preschool Teachers play a vital role in helping children and parents get off to a great educational start, guiding children’s play through stories, songs, games and creative activities that expand their vocabulary, sharpen their motor skills, nurture their social skills and inspire their curiosity.

Where You'll Work
  • Private Preschools
  • Head Start Programs
  • Curriculum Design
  • Recreational Centers
  • Developmental Programs
  • Public School Teacher Assistants
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education4 semesters
  • Early Childhood Education Diploma4 semesters
  • Early Childhood Education Certificate2 semesters
  • Infant & Toddler Care Certificate2 semesters

Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $17,000

  • Median

    $24,000

  • Experienced

    $38,000

Job Outlook

+23%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 52.7% of current Preschool Teachers.

Chef or Head Cook

Chef student chopping vegetables on a cutting board.

Chefs and Head Cooks are not only culinary masters, they are leaders in their kitchens, often managing kitchen staffs and cook teams, creating restaurant menus, ordering and managing food and supplies, not to mention preparing amazing, delicious meals.

Where You'll Work
  • Restaurants
  • Catering Businesses
  • Hotels and Tourism
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Cafeterias
  • Culinary Sales
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Culinary Arts Diploma (with ServSafe certification)2 semesters
  • Culinary Arts Certificate - Level I1 semester
  • Culinary Arts Certificate - Level II1 semester

Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $31,000

  • Median

    $47,000

  • Experienced

    $72,000

Job Outlook

+8%

Qualifications

A diploma in Culinary Arts from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 69.8% of current Chefs and Head Cooks.

Cosmetologist

Cosmetologist styling her client's hair.

Cosmetologists offer beauty and wellness services like shampooing, cutting, coloring and styling hair, applying makeup, performing hair removal and providing nail and skin care – services that nurture people’s physical health while strengthening their confidence and self-image.

Where You'll Work
  • Beauty Salons
  • Hairstylists
  • Wedding Stylists
  • Nail Technicians
  • Makeup Artists
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Cosmetology Diploma (preparation for State Board of Cosmetic Art license exam)3 semesters

Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $16,000

  • Median

    $22,000

  • Experienced

    $46,000

Job Outlook

+14%

Qualifications

Earning a Cosmetology Diploma at COA and passing the State Board of Cosmetic Art examination will make you equally or better qualified than 85.8% of current Cosmetologists, Hairdressers and Hairstylists.

Social Worker

Smiling social worker helping her smiling client as they paint together.

In hospitals and mental health clinics, adoption and child service agencies, community health organizations and even schools, you’ll find Social Workers striving to help people identify and solve challenging problems and improve their quality of life.

Where You'll Work
  • Mental Health Clinics
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Child Services
  • Human Service Agencies
  • Private Practice
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Human Services Technology4 semesters

Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $43,500

  • Median

    $48,000

  • Experienced

    $68,000

Job Outlook

+27%

Qualifications

An associate’s degree from COA will launch your career, and going on to earn a bachelor’s degree will make you equally or better qualified than 63.1% of current Social Workers.

Hotel Manager

Woman in blue suit jacket, at desk, on phone, smiling

College of The Albemarle’s Hospitality Leadership Program will prepare you for a rewarding career providing outstanding vacation experiences. In just a few months you can be qualified to be an integral member of a team.

 

Job opportunities abound within the growing tourism industry on the Outer Banks. Certification recipients will have priority interviews, internships, better starting pay and additional opportunities for promotion with our many partner companies.

Where You'll Work
  • Property Management
  • Property Maintenance
  • Housekeeping Services
  • Concierge
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Reservations Certification1 semester
  • Housekeeping Certification1 semester
  • Maintenance Certification1 semester

Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $26,500

  • Median

    $61,250

  • Experienced

    $101,565

Job Outlook

+14%

Qualifications

A diploma or certificate from COA will provide you with basic computer skills, teach customer service for the hospitality industry, promote being an ambassador, and ensure you understand quality property care.

Guest Services Coordinator

Man at desk on phone smiling

Guest service coordinators are an integral part of the tourism industry as they work to meet the needs of guests by scheduling reservations, managing phone calls, taking payments, and greeting new guests as the face of the establishment. They also coordinate special events and assist with sales.

Where You'll Work
  • Hotel
  • Motel
  • Resort
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Reservations Certification (Offered at the Roanoke Island Campus)79 hours

Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $16,610

  • Median

    $20,340

  • Experienced

    $29,440

Job Outlook

+10%

Qualifications

A Certificate in Hospitality Tourism and Reservations will help prepare you for positions in the hospitality industry where above-and-beyond guest service is critical to employers and will make you equally or better qualified than 67% of current Guest Services Coordinators. Earning an associate degree adds even more value to your background and opens doors to earning a bachelor’s degree that may be required for management positions with resorts, hotels, and cruise lines.

COA Hospitality & Public Services Programs

Associate Degrees

Associate Degrees

  • Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate in Applied Science in Human Services Technology
Diplomas

Diplomas

  • Early Childhood Education Diploma
  • Culinary Arts Diploma (with ServSafe certification)
  • Cosmetology Diploma (preparation for State Board of Cosmetic Art license exam)
Certificates

Certificates

  • Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Infant & Toddler Care Certificate
  • Culinary Arts Certificate - Level I
  • Culinary Arts Certificate - Level II
  • Reservations Certification
  • Housekeeping Certification
  • Maintenance Certification
  • Reservations Certification (Offered at the Roanoke Island Campus)

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