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


Students studying hospitality management and entrepreneurship will save money on textbooks, thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Grants for Open and Affordable Learning. Dr. 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 Development Grant in the amount of $ 14,000 to develop and publish a real project focused on entrepreneurship. global business guide for students.

Milwood, an assistant professor of hospitality management and principal investigator of the grant, developed Penn State Berks’ first pop-up restaurant in 2018. The project was part of the hotel management review course titled “Advanced Management of Production and food services ”and it 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 to 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 the hospitality industry ”, explains Milwood.

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 for collaborative contribution on key aspects of cooking and food and drink 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.

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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.

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