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Investment helps HRTM launch hospitality career development center

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at NMSU bolstered its commitment to fostering careers in the hospitality industry by establishing the Marriott Hospitality Futures Center, dedicated to hospitality career development and education.

HRTM, in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, received funding to develop the center from a four-year, $400,000 investment from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.

Housed in Gerald Thomas Hall, the center opened in January 2020. It provides a designated area for students to research work and careers, hold meetings, receive career counseling, and take part in interviews with industry representatives for internships and employment.

HRTM program coordinator Andrea Arrigucci ’10, an HRTM alumna, oversees the center. With help from a grant-funded assistant, Arrigucci carries out the center’s initiatives to refine existing recruitment, outreach and professional development programs, and create career workshops for high school students, teachers, guidance counselors and community college students.