Student Spotlight

Austin Richey
Night Manager of the Radisson

"The ACC Hospitality Program has provided me with the confidence to be successful in an interview. It has also provided me with the knowledge to feel at ease while discussing the position and industry for the job that I am interviewing for.”

Kendra Thompson
GM at Lucy's Fried Chicken

"I feel truly blessed to have all of my hard work pay off. I love the service industry and all of the challenges that it presents every day. Meeting new people and showing them what hospitality means through service and smiles is what makes my job

worth while!"
Rachel Stroik
Sr. Coordinator of Conventions and Events at St. Jude Medical

"The ACC Hospitality program instructors have helped me learn more about the event industry and discover more about the opportunities out there for me. I have developed many professional skills that helped me in achieving this big next step in my career. I am excited for what all is still ahead of me!"

Israel Prado
General Manager of El Alma

"The knowledge I've gained through the ACC Hospitality Department and the experience all professors bring with them to class have helped me open my eyes to the many opportunities available in this industry. The greatest reward you can receive from working in this industry of hospitality is the joy and happiness you can bring to your customers.”

Skylar Snyder
Treasurer - HMA

"The ACC’s hospitality program has helped me get my foot in the door for some amazing opportunities. It has enabled me to gain hands on event planning experience by volunteering to work/organize events. I also enjoy being apart of and planning functions within the student organization, Hospitality Management Ambassadors.”

Shelly Leibham
Currently building a small boutique hotel, Hotel Eleven

"After meeting with Michelle Costanzo, I knew ACC would be a perfect fit to help me learn the business. From the first day of my first class, Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, I confirmed I made the right decision to get into the hospitality industry! I came away learning something very practical that I can use in planning our hotel. I'm a "people pleaser" by nature, so hospitality is exactly where I should be.”

Tonya Phillips
Trade Show Coordinator for Smart Flour

"I was born and raised in the service industry, but never knew what I wanted to do with all the experience. With only two semesters at ACC's Hospitality Management Program, I have been able to blossom in the world of trade shows. I not only have a focus and direction, but am actually catching my dreams instead of just chasing them. The program has inspired me and equipped me with skills, knowledge, real-world applications and self-confidence that is invaluable.”

Kondja Kamatuka
Sales & Catering Administrator at Hotel Ella

"Being a meeting and events planning major at ACC has given me so many opportunities to advance my career while still a student. Through ACC I’ve been able to explore a variety of internships, professional organizations, networking, and planning/working a variety of events. All of these opportunities have been a wonderful way to fully see what all Austin has to offer someone wanting to be a part of the hospitality industry.”

Paloma Estrada
Intern with JB Journey's

"The program at ACC has everything that involves Hospitality, from cooking, tourism, hotel management classes, etc… I think that ACC has excellent teachers because all of them have years of experience in the field. For me, it has been helpful that teachers are able to share their work experiences with students and that help us to understand the industry better. This is my last semester. Thank you ACC!”

AJ Mizar
Server/Bartender at The Carillon Restaurant

"After working in restaurants for a while I found that food and people was my calling, and now working in hotels I found that I can go all over the world and learn new things and have great experiences with a career that I love. Austin Community College has given me a rewarding education with many opportunities for advancing my career. All of my teachers have been very supportive, and full of great career advice.”

JoAnne Carroll

"I spent too many years in a job I did not like. When I made the decision to live a "passionate life" I enrolled in ACC's Travel and Tourism program. I have enjoyed the program and especially the opportunity to network in the industry. In early May I am launching my own home based Travel Agency, One Earth Travel. The Tourism program at ACC gave me the confidence to take the first step in the journey of the rest of my life!”

Lisa Swafford
Member Relations at the Hills Country Club in Lakeway

"I am so glad I chose ACC to complete my training and to gain more knowledge and confidence to work in the Hospitality industry, specifically the Restaurant and Culinary industries. The instructors have been fantastic and the great diversity of the students enrolled in both the Hospitality and Culinary programs made this transition effortless."

Alexis Guerra
Assistant Manager of our Holiday Inn Express

"I was introduced to the hospitality industry five years ago and I have fallen in love with it since then. My family built, owns, and operates two hotels. I started working in housekeeping and I am now the Assistant Manager of our Holiday Inn Express property. I absolutely love this program and I can honestly say I will miss all of my professors. What I love the most, is the hands on approach and the great insight into the industry. You get the opportunity to see and be apart of the Austin hotels, restaurants, events and tourism scenes. I have brought all the knowledge I have gained to my two properties. I am looking forward to joining our local chamber of commerce and tourism committees to better our community.”

Jasmine McEwen
Event Coordinator Asst. The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria

"I just recently started to pursue a degree in Meeting and Event Planning at ACC this semester and all I can say is I love every moment of my time here. The professors are so in tuned with the industry because they work in it and have so much knowledge to give which makes me want to become an Event Planner that much more. I attained an internship from the hospitality department website, giving me the opportunity to work with the Event Coordinator at The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria. I am so excited for the many opportunities available to me through the Hospitality Department and cannot wait to continue my journey through this career field.”




Jessica Olsen
Front Office Agent at Hyatt Lost Pines

"My favorite part of the Hospitality Department is the faculty, it is nice to have professors who care about their students and want to see them thrive. It is also nice to hear about the paths they took to get where they are today, and I hope that once I have reached my goal of being a Front of the House manager or maybe even a Rooms Executive, I can come back to college and fulfill my ultimate goal of becoming a teacher and help change the world that way.”











Louis Wooderts
Regional Dining Service Director Emeritus Senior Living

"I have worked in the food industry for over 18 years and this degree will give me the knowledge and understanding of working with people in all types of environments and programs. What I like the most is within the faculty and students their is more of a family atmosphere. That makes it fun and exciting during classes. One student needed a ride home last night and while I was offering to give him one, the professor didn't hesitate to take him home. Those kind of actions make me feel like I'm going into the right direction and the perfect field."








Andra Allen
Special Event/Marketing Intern for Lone Oak Barn

"I love the hospitality industry because I love serving people. The feeling of accomplishment that you get when seeing the event you have been working on come together is incredible! My education at ACC has been invaluable, the teachers and staff are awesome, and the networking opportunities are endless!!"

Amy Persyn
Catering Sales Manager at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown

"My ultimate goal is still the same, to own an Event Planning company, I have learned a lot to help me reach my ultimate goal by working in hotel sales and from the ACC’s Meeting Planning Certification courses. My next step is to gain my CMP and to work as a Corporate Meeting Planner.”