Keyano Launches Hospitality and Tourism Management Program

“Thinking of starting a new career? Keyano College’s new Hospitality and Tourism Management program, the first of its kind in our city – could just be what you’ve been waiting for.

Starting this September, the initiative is a 16-month diploma program consisting of 15 courses and five paid work placements. Both classes and work placements are delivered in five to eight-week long sessions.

“We have partnered with Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development and Tourism (FMWBEDT) for the program. And it includes paid apprenticeships with Best Western Plus Storage Suites, the Radisson, Nomad Inn and Suites, Vantage Inn, and the Fort McMurray Group of Hotels,” explains Dr. Sandra Efu, Dean, University Studies, Career Programs, & Academic Upgrading at Keyano.

Terri Nielsen, Director, Tourism, FMWBEDT applauds the partnership with the College.
“Keyano’s Hospitality and Tourism program is a great win for the fields in our region. As in every industry, the tourism industry lost many workers through the pandemic, and they are not returning to the industry. With Keyano’s new program, the region will have trained, focused and tourism career-oriented individuals that can start and build their careers in our hotels, restaurants, tour experiences and our tourism office. We look forward to supporting this initiative in any way we can to make it successful.”
According to the website, “Students gain real-world knowledge of the hospitality and tourism industries that will allow them to develop skills related to customer service, business communications and technologies, financial management, marketing and sales, occupational safety and security, workplace regulations, human resource management, leadership, as well as current trends in travel and tourism.”


Rahul Paul, General Manager, Vantage Inn and Suites, Fort McMurray is looking forward to the initiative’s start.

“It has been an honour for me to help Keyano launch this program, a first in our city. The new hospitality initiative shall certainly develop and nurture new hospitality graduates, which shall have a positive impact for our current workforce in Fort McMurray, especially considering the various labour challenges that our industry has been facing globally after the peak phase of the pandemic.”

The program is open to domestic students only – applicants wishing to learn more and how to apply can text or call Dr. Efu directly at 587-646-7238. Detailed information including work placement and employment opportunities can be found on the Hospitality and Tourism website:

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