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School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts 

Come and find your hospitality story!
The School of Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts is housed in the Gateway Center in downtown Cumberland, approximately 2 miles from the main campus. We offer Associate of Applied Science degrees in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. In addition, we offer one-year certificates in: Catering & Event Management; Restaurant Management; Cooking Essentials; Baking Essentials, and Brewing Operations.
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Location: GATEWAY CENTER 110 Baltimore St, Cumberland, MD 21502

*New Apprenticeship Program

The Registered Apprenticeship Program is a new Program at ACM. This program is partnering with businesses in the hospitality and management industry to provide classroom education to their employees while they continue to work and gain hands on experience. The goal is for these individuals to receive a degree or certificate while they work full time.

If you have any questions please reach out to ACM's Apprenticeship Coordinator Courtney Love Cooper.

What will you learn?
For Students interested in Hospitality Management
  • Hotel front office operations and procedures
  • How to create a well-designed menu
  • How to develop successful marketing plans
  • How to design, plan, and execute successful events for any sized group 
  • Identify and evaluate the quality of beer and environmental sustainability in modern beer production

For Students interested in Culinary Arts:

  • Industry-standard knowledge and skills regarding sanitation and safety procedures

  • Techniques required of cooks, chefs and pastry chefs

  • How to manage food and labor costs

What will you do?
For Students earning a degree/certificate in Hospitality Management, job titles include:
  • Hotel Front Office Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Meeting and Event Planner
  • Banquet Coordinator
  • Assistant Brewer
  • Brewing Equipment Operator

For Students earning a degree/certificate in Culinary Arts, job titles include:

  • Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Pastry Chef
  • Line Cook
  • Kitchen Manager

Why ACM?

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Program Details

In 2001, Allegany College of Maryland received a federal grant to enable our hospitality-related programs to relocate to the Gateway Center in downtown Cumberland.  The ACM School of Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts was born.

We envisioned a facility that would provide students with real-life work experience while earning college credit.  We have become an active participant in the revitalization of downtown through the operation of the popular 120-seat Culinaire Café.  Students develop skills in food production, costing, service, marketing, purchasing, and all other aspects of managing a foodservice operation.  This is a true learning lab and one that is unique when compared to other colleges with similar programs.  In addition, we work to customize internship experiences for the Hospitality Management students as they earn college credit while completing hands-on training in area hotels and resorts.

We’ve grown bigger and better throughout the years with the addition of a 45-seat conference room, and now offer not only two Associate of Applied Science degrees, but five certificates as well.  Our students often elect to earn multiple degrees and/or certificates at the same time which opens up even more opportunities for careers.  The hospitality industry is one of the world’s largest, and includes everything from hotels/resorts to restaurants to catering/event production companies to healthcare dietetics departments.  Jobs are plentiful and exist everywhere as more communities develop tourism as their major economic focus. 

The Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts curricula at ACM have been designated as Statewide Programs by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.  Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany who register in these programs will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate.  However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be responsive to community and regional demand by providing hands-on, skills-based education that prepares individuals to obtain leadership roles in the global hospitality and culinary industries.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be recognized as the premier regional provider of hospitality and culinary education by emphasizing contemporary, skills-based curricula in a nurturing and student-focused environment.

We Value
  • Service
  • A Culture of Collegiality and Inclusion
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Civic Engagement

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Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and attitudes required of leaders and managers in the hospitality industry.
  • Possess employability skills required of entry-level hospitality management professionals through participating in a competency-based, hands-on program.
  • The graduate will be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with clients, family members and members of the health care team to effectively manage client care.
Learning Outcomes
  • Identify and apply the knowledge and skills necessary for hospitality and tourism operations
  • Develop and integrate a core set of business skills necessary to successfully operate a hospitality and tourism organization
  • Demonstrate competence in the communication skills necessary for hospitality and tourism management
  • Formulate business decisions in hospitality and tourism management
  • Evaluate leadership principles necessary in the diverse and global hospitality and tourism industry

Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty and staff are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.

David Sanford
Culinary Arts Director

Gateway Center 204

A.O.S., Culinary Institute of America

Debra Swope
Program Director

Gateway Center 205

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., Geneva College
M.S.N., Indiana University of PA

Jenna Burkett
Part-Time Faculty and Restaurant Manager

Gateway Center 207

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.A., Frostburg State University

Courtney Love Cooper
Apprenticeship Coordinator

Gateway Center 207

B.S., Fashion Institute of Technology

Frederick Huber
Lab Instructor

Gateway Center

B.S., Stratford University

Payton Hedrick
Lab Assistant

Gateway Center


Abbey Kerns
Baking Assistant / Part-Time Instructor

Gateway Center

AAS, Allegany College of Maryland

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