Student Spotlight: Kelli Jones

Kelli Jones

Kelli Jones
Major: Culinary & Hospitality

Kelli Jones experienced a number of “firsts” as a student in College of DuPage’s Culinary & Hospitality Management program.

She first became interested in the industry after hearing about the College’s program and its excellent reputation.

“After I toured the campus and met with the staff and professors, I felt their industry experience and knowledge would be a great advantage to my education,” she said.

One year after starting at COD, Jones was among the first students to study in the new Culinary & Hospitality Center. The dynamic state-of-the-art facility, with classrooms and kitchens, allows students to run the Wheat Cafe and intern at the Inn at Water’s Edge, a working six-room boutique hotel that's open to the public.

“What I loved about the program was the hands-on experience,” she said. “I was physically doing tasks that I would be doing every day working in the industry. Four-year schools don’t have facilities like this.”

If that wasn’t enough, Jones helped to organize the College’s Hospitality Club and is one of its first presidents.

Jones earned her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and became one of the first students to take advantage of College of DuPage’s 3+1 agreement with Roosevelt University. This allowed Jones and her fellow students to take their fourth year of classes through Roosevelt, taught by Roosevelt faculty but at COD’s Culinary & Hospitality Center, all at a reduced tuition rate.

Having completed her bachelor’s, Jones is currently working as a sales associate for Associated Luxury Hotels International. She is proud to have graduated from COD’s Culinary Arts program.

“My experience at College of DuPage empowered me to feel well-prepared to enter the work force. I know I can succeed at obtaining a long and promising career in the hospitality industry.”

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