Educator Spotlight: Patricia Agnew

It's easy to see when you meet her that Patricia Agnew has a passion not only for the culinary arts, but for those students studying culinary arts. She's even done some of her own studying in Paris. Yum! Say hello to Patricia.

Patricia AgnewName:  Patricia R. Agnew
Degree/Designation:  Masters Degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Administration, University of South Carolina; Intermediate Certificate of Culinary Studies, La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine; and Certified Hospitality Educator, American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

Years as an Educator:  15+
Years in the Meetings/Hospitality Industry:  25+

Name of InstitutionTrident Technical College
Name of Program/Educational FocusCulinary Institute of Charleston
How long has the program been around: Since 1987
How many students are in the program? Recent enrollment figures reflect nearly 1,000 students enrolled in associate degree programs in hospitality and tourism management and culinary arts, plus multiple certificate programs.

Favorite subject you teach and why? Convention Management is a favorite opportunity for introducing students to the vast world of meetings and conventions.  It’s rewarding to share their excitement as they plan their first conference with lodging, food and beverage and auxiliary events.

What do you see as the challenges facing students in the coming years? How can they best prepare? As the meetings and conventions industry continues to grow with staggering speed, students are challenged to explore every possible avenue for understanding future growth of the industry including technology, ecological awareness, diversity in the global marketplace and rapidly evolving changes in communication.  We urge them to prepare through frequent networking, engaging in discussions with industry mentors, gaining valuable volunteer experience and pursuing professional certifications to build prospects for future success.

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