'09, Hospitality Management
Trevor Tyler credits his success as the general manager of Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer in San Luis Obispo to the curriculum The Collins College of Hospitality Management offers and to learning the importance of networking as a student.
"I made connections with the owners of Eureka! Burger by being a frequent visitor and sharing my love for craft beer and gourmet food with them," says the '09 graduate. "I've been with Eureka! Burger for about a year and half, and I don't see myself leaving anytime soon."
Making connections early in college is key, says Michael Godfrey, associate dean at The Collins College and the professor who most influenced Tyler's passion for the craft beer industry through his Beer and Cultures class. After having taught thousands of students over the years, Godfrey remembers Tyler well.
"Trevor is clearly a hospitality student," says Godfrey. "He is outgoing, full of energy, projects well, speaks well, but is casual and laidback in his approach - and it shows in his restaurant."
Eureka! is a young company that prides itself on its all-American gourmet dishes and impressive craft beer collection. The Collins College is proudly the company's No. 1 source of recruitment for managers like Tyler.
Eureka along with more than 50 other hospitality companies will be looking for new talent at the annual Hospitality Career Expo on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch. Alumni and students alike are invited to attend the expo and meet with recruiters. Ann Lara, career services coordinator at the college, can personally attest to some of the success stories made solely through networking at the expo.
"Career Expo is a great opportunity for students to practice lifelong skills of connecting with professionals and to build a network that extends beyond the 'here and now' of a job that can be beneficial for years to come," Lara says.
Tyler's success story and those of other graduates proves that between the learn-by-doing curriculum and the great amount of student-alumni networking opportunities available, The Collins College has stirred up a recipe for success.
In addition to the Hospitality Career Expo, alumni are invited to attend the annual Bagel Mixer beforehand in the Hideo Amemiya Boardroom from 8 to 10 a.m. for a morning bite and to chat with fellow graduates in the hospitality industry. To RSVP for the morning mixer, please email Lara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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