July 2016

16 Students Experience the Industry in Chicago for the NRA Show 


The Collins College took 16 students to the Windy City for the annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) show during the spring.


Students were able to walk the show floor and immerse themselves in the largest annual gathering of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. In addition, students also had their own booth set up to promote the Collins College.


The event brought over 60,000 attendees and visitors from all over the world and showcases products, services, innovative ideas and other growth opportunities for professionals.


Students not only learned about the industry, but the windy city itself. The trip allowed them to explore Chicago, one of largest hubs of hospitality.


“It’s important that students expose themselves to the field. The NRA show is a wonderful opportunity for students to network and find themselves in this industry.” says Dean Lea Dopson.


Faculty and staff had dinner with local alumni and alumni who attended the NRA show.


The trip was made possible by the Experience the Industry scholarship that each student received. Students were accompanied byDopson, Student Services Coordinator Carolina Sanchez, Dr. Eddie Mao, Lecturer Barbara Jean Bruin and Director of Major Gifts Gina Johnson.

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