Students get ‘extra boost of confidence’
The course gave Jenna Auton a new perspective on her career options. Auton, of Hartland, Wis., a senior majoring in HRTM, accepted a full-time position upon graduation in May at Destination Kohler in Kohler. She will start in the food and beverage management development program.
“Club Management was a great introduction for me into the club industry. Prior to this course, I had no thought about that being a career for me,” Auton said.
“Being in CMAA in addition to this course provided me with the extra boost of confidence that I needed to know. Anyone can excel in this industry if they have the passion in their heart to try,” she said.
The interactions with CMAA members helped her become more confident being around professionals in the field, network with them and learn how to ask the right questions, she said.
Several other hospitality students valued the experience:
- Claire Henneman, a junior from Bloomer, Wis.: "I have never seen an organization as passionate about getting students into the hospitality industry as CMAA. This experience prepared me for my career in clubs by expanding my understanding of all aspects and getting to hear from the best of the industry."
- Tyson Rinaldi, a junior from Prior Lake, Minn., appreciated the keynote speakers and how they discussed moving beyond the pandemic within the industry: "Taking this class helped better prepare me for my professional career path and how to use managerial skills that are being used in the club industry.”
- Ashley Yoshino, a sophomore from Fall Creek, Wis., said, “The uniforms, guest speakers and networking opportunities supplied by CMAA showed the students that the club industry is both ready and willing to support us. Thanks to CMAA, I can take steps toward my future career in clubs without worry.”