Swift Hospitality Group donates $50,000 to HCC Hospitality Management program

Highland Community College and the HCC Foundation recently announced a $50,000 donation by Swift Hospitality Group, a Freeport-based hotel development and management firm, to the Highland Community College Foundation to support the development and initial year's operation of the new Hospitality Management program.

The announcement was made at a recent check-presentation event on the Highland campus.

"The hotel industry requires high standards to be successful, and high standards require education and training. It is up to us to inspire the next generation, and give them the opportunity to achieve excellence," said David Swift chairman and CEO of Swift Hospitality Group.

"This new program at HCC will help to provide the education and training needed to supply the hospitality industry with a qualified workforce ready to meet the growing need," said Swift.

Created in partnership with Swift Hospitality Group, the new associate of applied science degree in Hospitality Management is designed to provide pathways for individuals pursuing a career in the hotel and hospitality industry. This growing field needs people who are knowledgeable in tourism, event planning, service management, and more.

Hospitality Management students will gain the core skills needed to be successful in positions such as general manager, front desk manager, food and beverage manager, sales coordinator, executive housekeeping, and maintenance supervisor.

"This timely new program could not have been introduced at this time if it were not for such a generous gift," said Highland president, Tim Hood. "Partnerships like this between HCC and area businesses, industry, and neighboring organizations will continue to be among the keys to future prosperity for our region."

Jim Berberet, HCC Foundation executive director, also thanked Swift Hospitality Group for the inspiration for the new program and for its financial support, as well as the Carlson Family Foundation and several area donors.

"The HCC Foundation will continue to seek support from hospitality businesses and individual donors for the second year of the Hospitality Management program," Berberet said.

Swift Hospitality Group is a family owned and operated business based in Freeport, Illinois. The company develops and manages select hospitality properties across the country. Their focus is on building and maintaining high quality properties, providing an excellent guest experience and operating efficiently. Co-founders Dave and Jan Swift have more than 40-years' experience in conceiving, building, operating and managing many business interests.

Highland Community College offers more than 60 programs of applied and transfer degrees, community education and business training. In addition to comprehensive academic programming, Highland provides theatre, art and music opportunities for the community. Located in Freeport, Highland is conveniently positioned in the tri-state region with access to several major metropolitan areas.


Photo, from left to right: David Swift, chairman and CEO of Swift Hospitality Group; Jim Berberet executive director of the HCC Foundation; Tim Hood, president of Highland Community College.

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