College students often enjoy sleeping in and rarely make it to an early meal, but next year some students at MU will get to help operate a bed and breakfast.
The Gathering Place, a Columbia bed and breakfast that closed nearly two years ago, will reopen its doors as a part of MU’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program. The University of Missouri Ag Foundation, a private corporation that supports the college, purchased the bed and breakfast after it was put on the market and leased it to MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
“The HRM program is going to use it as a lab,” program director James Groves said.
Groves said it would be advantageous particularly for students studying lodging and event planning. He said some internships might be available for students to get involved with the operations, but that most of the students’ responsibilities would be to evaluate revenue returns, implement and market plan and plan events for The Gathering Place. This will be part of a capstone class that students in the program take. Last year, students were able to enroll in similar programs at various hotels around Columbia.
“The real advantage of this is they’ll be able to implement a plan and watch the plan,” Groves said. “No other commercial lodging experience will allow students this level of access to management systems.”
I’ll be stopping by The Gathering Place tomorrow to look around the bed and breakfast and I’ll have a more in-depth story about this program later this week, so make sure to check back.