Fontainebleau Miami Beach to offer unique hands on learning experience for hospitality students


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Fontainebleau Miami Beach announces a partnership with Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management as the first hotel to participate in their Program On Demand (POD). The Program On Demand offers students a unique, hands on learning experience in the hospitality industry that gives them the chance to gain real world experience in a number of departments at the iconic Miami Beach hotel.

Program On Demand, which the university launched in fall 2018, moves away from traditional classroom education and explores a series of engaging courses outside of Florida International University’s campus. From March 8-10, a group of students will take part in the Fontainebleau POD, which is designed to give students a hands-on understanding of the hospitality industry, specifically in Hotel Operations Management.

During the three-day program, students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and valuable skills within multiple facets of a successful and fully operational hotel, including room operations, food & beverage, finance and marketing among others. Students will have the chance to learn from industry leaders from each department to understand the operation. Based on the lessons, students are given assessments and a final grade, as well as a certificate of completion.

The hotel employs a number of the school’s graduates including President and Chief Operating Officer, Philip Goldfarb.

Mr. Goldfarb held the position of Chair of the Dean’s Council at the school for three years and was awarded the school’s “Torchbearer Award” and the university’s prestigious “FIU Medallion” in 2007.


“My education at Florida International University has been instrumental in my success in the hospitality industry,” said Philip Goldfarb, President and Chief Operating Officer. “I’m thrilled to welcome current FIU students to Fontainebleau Miami Beach and give them a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will help them lay the foundation for their careers. I’m honored to have the chance to give back to my alma mater and to inspire the next generation of hospitality professionals.”

“We are beyond excited to partner with Fontainebleau Miami Beach for this innovative approach to learning,” said Michael Cheng, Interim Dean for FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. “The POD classes are designed to be experiential, real-time, intensive and on-demand – all features of what 21st century pedagogy needs to be. We are grateful to Phil Goldfarb and the leaders at the hotel for helping us enrich our student’s learning experiences.”

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