Program Details

Food Service Management

Diploma of College Studies (DCS)
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About the Program

LaSalle College Montréal's Food Service Management DCS program, unique in Québec, focuses on essential knowledge in food service and catering.

Teachers from the industry provide all the keys to success to enter into the labour market. Participate in several events and gain practical experience, including service in the La Classe restaurant dining room.

Learning Outcomes

  • Enhance entrepreneurial qualities and skills necessary for success in food service management.
  • Develop the expertise to create appealing and profitable menus.
  • Acquire skills in pricing strategies, considering factors such as ingredient costs, market trends, and customer preferences.
  • Gain proficiency in managing both human and material resources.
  • Plan restaurant promotion strategies to attract and retain customers.

Profile

Successful Food Service Managers have a unique combination of skills, including:

  • Leadership

    Manage teams, and foster a productive work environment in the food service industry.
  • Organization

    Oversee operations, manage inventory, and ensure smooth and efficient food service delivery.
  • Problem-solving

    Make timely decisions in high-pressure situations within the food service industry.
  • Customer Focus

    Address customer needs, and ensure an outstanding dining experience.

Career Prospects

According to Job Bank, job prospects for Restaurant and Food Service Managers in Québec are good, as evidenced by key labor market indicators such as high job vacancies, employment growth and low unemployment rates.

Career Fields

  • Maître D’ or Supervisor of food services or a catering service,
  • Director of banquets, catering and/or bars,
  • Manager or Owner of a food service establishment.

Diploma & Accreditation

This Diploma of College Studies (DCS) is accredited by the ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur of Québec and is internationally recognized.

Holders of a Diploma of College Studies (DCS) can pursue university studies or enter the workforce directly.

Required Materials

A laptop computer is mandatory for study in this program.

Mentors may request installation of other standard or student-licensed software mandatory for their courses.

The following features are required for PCs or Macs:

  • Processor: Intel I5 minimum
  • Memory: 8 GB recommended
  • Hard drive: 500 GB minimum
  • Screen: 14 inches minimum
  • Connectivity: WIFI and LAN
  • Ports: Minimum of one USB 3.0 port

We recommend purchasing an external numeric keyboard if your laptop does not already have one.

Required software: Office Suite for Windows or Mac (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).

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Opportunities

Our unique approach incorporates real-world experience with classroom learning for hands-on, practical education.

  • Collaborate with active industry professionals;
  • Sharpen skills in a practical setting;
  • Put what you learn into practice by serving real customers.

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Cutting-edge facilities & equipment

Experiment with industry-standard equipment, software, and technology in our advanced facilities, including:

These specialized facilities promote active participation and collaboration between learners and teachers, leading to heightened motivation and increased confidence among learners.

Work experience

Get sought-after practical experience with our Career Service and our Work-Study Program (WSP), which incorporates two paid internships into your program.

Our Food Service Management program also includes a 240-hour internship as part of the curriculum.

Admissions Criteria

Exceptions to these admission criteria may be applied.

Every application is reviewed by the College.

To be eligible for acceptance into this program, applicants are generally required to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Secondary School Diploma (DES).

  • Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) with completion of:

    • Language of Instruction from Secondary V,

    • Second Language from Secondary V,

    • Mathematics from Secondary IV.

  • Equivalent education or an instruction deemed sufficient.

List of Courses

Diploma of College Studies (DCS) programs consist of:

  • General education courses common to all programs,
  • General education courses specific to the program,
  • Complementary general education courses.

Concentration Courses

  • Profession and organisation in the tourism, hotel and restaurant industry (90 h)
  • Customer oriented approach in the tourism, hotel and restaurant industry (60 h)
  • IT: research methodology and information sources in the tourism, hotel and restaurant industry (45 h)
  • Health and safety in the workplace (45 h)
  • Hygiene and Sanitation (45 h)
  • Managerial Kitchen (105 h)
  • Principles of communication marketing in the tourism, hotel and restaurant industry (60 h)
  • Tourism, hotel and restaurant industry accounting (60 h)
  • Food and beverage service I (75 h)
  • Wine stewarding (45 h)
  • Restaurant Management and Organization (60 h)
  • Human ressources in the tourism, hotel and restaurant industry (75 h)
  • Sales Techniques in the Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Industry (60 h)
  • Bar operation techniques (45 h)
  • Management Software - Restaurant (60 h)
  • Kitchen Production Planning (45 h)
  • Food and beverage service II (90 h)
  • Restaurant Supply Management (60 h)
  • Recipes Preparation and Menu Implementation (90 h)
  • Restaurant Marketing (45 h)
  • Food Science and Nutrition (60 h)
  • Community management - second language (60 h)
  • Hotel and food service law (45 h)
  • Control of Restaurant Operations (75 h)
  • Implementation and Supervision of Banquets and Buffets (90 h)
  • Alternative Distribution in Food and Beverage (45 h)
  • Final project (135 h)
  • Internship (240 h)
  • Design and Technical Maintenance (60 h)
  • Restaurant Supervision and Operation (60 h)

* The College reserves the right to substitute some courses.


General Education Courses

College-level institutions emphasize general education that focuses on core cultural knowledge, skill development, responsible citizenship, and shared cultural heritage.

Alumni have a well-rounded skill set and general knowledge that is valued in the workplace.

  • 3 Physical Education courses (90 h)
  • 3 Humanities courses (150 h)
  • 4 Language and Literature courses (240 h)
  • 2 Second Language courses (90 h)
  • 2 complementary courses (90 h)

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