Penn State Berks and MCCC receive grant to develop free course material


Students studying hotel management and entrepreneurship will save money on textbooks, thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Grants for Open and Affordable Learning (PA OBJECTIVE). Pauline Milwood and Sarah Hartman-Caverly, both of Penn State Berks, as well as Shawn Murray of Montgomery County Community College received a Cycle 1 Open Educational Resource (OER) Development Grant in the amount of $ 14,000 to develop and publish a business guide focused on entrepreneurship and the real world for students.

Pauline Milwood is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management at Penn State Berks.

IMAGE: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association

Milwood, assistant professor of hotel management and principal researcher on the grant, developed Penn State Berks’ first pop-up restaurant in 2018. The project was part of the comprehensive hotel management course titled “Advanced Management of Food Production and Services” and has become an annual event. Students are responsible for planning, developing and managing a gourmet pop-up restaurant, working in partnership with local chefs, restaurateurs, and decor suppliers who sit on the college’s hotel management advisory board.

The grant project has two goals: to provide a zero-cost REL text alternative for students of the Comprehensive Course at Penn State Berks, other Penn State campuses, and post-secondary hospitality management institutions; and to provide an operational, marketing and financial guide to catering as a resource for learning environments where students are involved in real-world experiential entrepreneurial projects.

“The REL is adaptable to learning environments where real-world experience requires students to produce haute cuisine in a mobile food truck, gymnasium or classroom setting; and can be adaptable and transferable to pop-up businesses outside of hospitality, ”Milwood explained.

Sarah Hartman Caverly

Milwood works in conjunction with team members Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Berks Thun Library, and Shawn Murray, Assistant Professor of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Acting Director of Culinary Arts Institute, Montgomery County Community College.

“One of PA GOAL’s goals is to create affordable and accessible materials throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Given this focus, we saw the opportunity to engage Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) for collaborative contribution on key aspects of culinary and food and beverage-focused content to be included in OER. From the perspective of a future articulation / transfer agreement, we saw the REL project as an opportunity to strengthen the increasingly important relationship between Penn State Berks and community colleges, which are home to hospitality education programs. fast growing.

In addition to hotel management students, REL is expected to benefit entrepreneurship training students, hotel management and tourism instructors, and entrepreneurship education instructors.

The OER is expected to be released in June 2022 and will be piloted at Penn State Berks and Montgomery County Community College in fall 2022.

For more information, contact Milwood at 610-396-6314 or by email at [email protected]

About the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management at Penn State Berks

The hospitality industry is a major economic driver in the Berks County region, and the Hospitality Management Diploma program is offered in response to demand for graduates with hospitality industry degrees. Penn State Berks is the only campus outside of University Park to offer this degree program with the entrepreneurship option. The degree program helps prepare students for managerial positions in hotels, restaurants, resorts, and other hotel organizations. It also provides a solid foundation for students planning to pursue higher education.

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