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College earns high marks on fourth annual TBR report card

Walters State has once again received high marks on a report card issued by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The fourth annual report provides data on 15 performance indicators for each institution in the TBR and for the system as a whole.

"We are pleased that on all the indicators contained in the report card, Walters State received a very high rating," said college president Dr. Jack E. Campbell.

"In spite of budgetary constraints and other problems in Tennessee, we remain committed to excellence in teaching and service and will never compromise our commitment to exceed student and community expectations," Campbell also said.

The report card indicated that Walters State students had a pass rate of 91 percent on all licensure exams, and the college placed 94 percent of its students into appropriate career fields immediately after graduation. Of those currently enrolled at WSCC, 88 percent said that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the education that they are receiving. In the alumni survey, 96 percent rated their experience as excellent or good.

Additionally, every eligible academic program at Walters State is accredited, and the college received a 100 percent effectiveness rating as determined by peer reviews of programs.

"I am pleased that the report card, at least on these specific indicators, shows that our faculty and staff’s hard work and dedication to quality is justifiably recognized and appreciated by students," Campbell said.

New Hotel and Restaurant Management program launched

This fall Walters State launched the newly developed Hotel and Restaurant Management Program. The program’s enhanced curriculum enables students to concentrate on specific areas, which will better prepare them to meet the needs of area employers.

The changes to the program allow students to earn certifications from a nationally recognized organization while they earn associate’s degrees at the college. American Hotel & Lodging Association certification will be available at Walters State in selected areas such as front office operations, food and beverage controls and sales and marketing management.

"We’re excited to be able to offer students this added educational benefit, which will enhance their career opportunities once they enter the job market," said Joe Fall, director of Walters State’s Hotel and Restaurant Management Program.

"Certificates from the Educational Institute of AH&LA open doors to graduates looking for careers in the lodging industry. These certifications are highly recognized throughout the hospitality industry," Fall also said.

The courses that enable students to earn the certifications are offered primarily at Walters State’s Sevier County Campus in facilities designed specifically for the program. Students also gain hands-on experience working with local hotels and restaurants. The majority of the core courses required for an associate’s degree may also be taken at college locations in Morristown, Greeneville or New Tazewell.

The associate’s degree program in Hotel and Restaurant Management prepares students for positions as heads of departments and specialty divisions within a hospitality operation by providing broad-based knowledge of every department as well as an understanding of management principles .

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