Josh Sweigert, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, North/Far North

Josh Sweigert grew up on the Monterey Peninsula, working in a number of hospitality and tourism jobs during his teens and early twenties. After graduating from UC Davis in 2009 with a BA in History, he moved to South Lake Tahoe, working in local print media for several years before joining Advance, the local California Adult Education Provider in the role of Tourism Industry Coordinator.

In 2018, Sweigert joined the North Far North Regional Consortium of the California Community Colleges as the region’s first ever Regional Director of Employer Engagement in Retail, Hospitality, Tourism. In this role, he helps community colleges across the region connect and engage with industry leaders in a variety of ways, with the goal of strengthening programs and their outcomes and impacts on students’ employability and quality of life.

With R·H·T in the region spanning everything from foothills wine country to the Mendocino Coast; from Sacramento’s farm-to-fork movement, sports arenas and conference travel to the extensive recreational opportunities afforded by the Sierra Nevada, the sector has a wide variety of need across the North Far North.

Josh works directly with faculty to support instructional and equipment needs, curriculum design, industry outreach and engagement and recruiting efforts, among other roles. In 2019, he led an effort to pilot a non-credit, work-based culinary boot camp for incarcerated students at a California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation conservation camp in the Sierra foothills. During the COVID-19 crisis, he has moved to support culinary students by funding ingredients for completing lab work from home, to assist faculty with the adoption and implementation of various tools for online learning, and to connect industry leaders closely to the community college system to attempt to aid displaced workers while sharing crucial data and key trends.

Colleges noted in grey on the map do not currently have Retail Hospitality or Tourism programs. Scroll down to see full list of R·H·T programs offered at each school.

“Josh works directly with faculty to support instructional and equipment needs, curriculum design, industry outreach and engagement, and recruiting efforts, among other roles.”

North / Far North Region Community Colleges Programs and Certificates

 

American River College

CULINARY & HOSPITALITY

  • Degree Track: Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management
  • Certificate of Achievement: Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management
  • Certificate of Achievement: Hospitality Management and Restaurant Management
  • Certificate of Achievement: Baking and Pastry

FASHION

  • Degree Track: Fashion Design
  • Degree Track: Fashion Merchandising
  • Certificate of Achievement: Fashion Design
  • Certificate of Achievement: Fashion Merchandising
  • Certificate: Apparel Construction Certificate
  • Certificate: Fashion Entrepreneur
  • Certificate: Fashion Illustration
  • Certificate: Fashion Retailing
  • Certificate: Pattern Making and Draping
  • Certificate: Runway Design

 

Cosumnes River College

CULINARY

  • Degree Track: Culinary Arts Management
  • Degree Track: Restaurant and Food Service Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate of Achievement: Cooking and Supervision
  • Certificate of Achievement: School Food Service Specialist
  • Certificate: Basic Culinary Services

REAL ESTATE

  • Degree Track: Real Estate
  • Certificate of Achievement: Real Estate Broker
  • Certificate: Real Estate Sales

 

Feather River College

CULINARY

  • Degree Track: Nutrition, Food and Culinary Arts
  • Certificate: Baking Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate: Catering Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate: Restaurant Management

OUTDOOR RECREATION

  • Degree Track: Outdoor Recreation Leadership
  • Certificate of Achievement: Outdoor Recreation Leadership
  • Certificate: Outdoor Recreation Leadership
  • Certificate: Backcountry Search and Rescue 

Folsom Lake College

REAL ESTATE

  • Certificate: Real Estate Sales

Lake Tahoe Community College

CULINARY & HOSPITALITY

  • Degree Track: Culinary Arts
  • Degree Track Transfer: Hospitality Management
  • Certificate of Achievement: Foundations of Cooking
  • Certificate of Achievement: Foundations of Baking
  • Certificate of Achievement: Global Cuisine
  • Certificate of Achievement: Wine Studies
  • Certificate of Achievement: Vegetarian Cuisine
  • Employable Skills Certificate: Culinary Skills

OUTDOOR RECREATION

  • Degree Track: Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership
  • Certificate: Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership
  • Employable Skills Certificate: Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership
  • Employable Skills Certificate: Climbing Skills
  • Certificate: Basic Mountain Guide
  • Certificate: Basic Ski Guide
  • Certificate: Ski or Snowboard Instructor
  • Certificate: Whitewater Rafting Guide
  • Certificate: Sea Kayaking Guide 
  • Certificate: Search and Rescure
  • Certificate: Wilderness Naturalist
  • Certificate: Wilderness Medicine 

Mendocino College

CULINARY

  • Certificate of Achievement: Culinary Arts Management

College of the Redwoods

HOSPITALITY

  • Degree Track: Restaurant and Hospitality Management
  • Certificate of Achievement: Restaurant and Hospitality Management

Shasta College

CULINARY & HOSPITALITY

  • Degree Track: Hospitality and Culinary Arts
  • Degree Track: Hospitality, Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Degree Track Transfer: Hospitality Management
  • Certificate: Culinary Arts
  • Certificate: Hotel and Restaurant Management

Sierra College

FASHION

  • Degree Track: Fashion Industries
  • Certificate of Achievement: Fashion Industries
  • Skills Certificate: Fashion Design
  • Skills Certificate: Fashion Merchandising

RECREATION

  • Degree Track: Recreation Management
  • Certificate of Achievement: Recreation Specialist

TOURISM

  • Certificate of Achievement: Portrait, Fashion and Wedding 
  • Certificate of Achievement: Media and Public Event Production

Woodland Community College

CULINARY

  • Degree Track: Culinary Arts
  • Certificate of Achievement: Culinary Arts
  • Certificate of Achievement: Baking

Yuba College

CULINARY

  • Degree Track: Culinary Arts
  • Certificate of Achievement: Culinary Arts

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Certificate of Achievement: Retail Management