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Career and Education Opportunities for Host Coordinators in Elgin, Illinois

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for host coordinators in the Elgin, Illinois area. Currently, 13,630 people work as host coordinators in Illinois. This is expected to grow by 16% to 15,770 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for host coordinators, which sees this job pool growing by about 6.5% over the next eight years. In general, host coordinators welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

Host coordinators earn approximately $8 per hour or $18,350 per year on average in Illinois. Nationally they average about $8 hourly or $17,510 yearly. Earnings for host coordinators are better than earnings in the general category of Service in Illinois and not quite as good as general Service category earnings nationally. People working as host coordinators can fill a number of jobs, such as: parlor chaperone, maitre d', and hospitality coordinator.

The Elgin area is home to sixty-one schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Elgin where you can get a degree as a host coordinator. Host coordinators usually hold less than a high school diploma, so it will take only a short time to learn to be a host coordinator if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Host Coordinator

Host Coordinator video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, host coordinators welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

Host coordinators greet guests and seat them at tables or in waiting areas. They also furnish guests with menus. Equally important, host coordinators have to assign customers to tables suitable for their needs. They are often called upon to maintain contact with kitchen staff and patrons to insure that dining details are handled properly and patrons' concerns are addressed. Finally, host coordinators inspect dining and serving areas to insure cleanliness and proper setup.

Every day, host coordinators are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they speak clearly.

It is important for host coordinators to speak with customers to insure satisfaction with food and service, and to respond to complaints. They are often called upon to direct customers to coatrooms and waiting areas such as lounges. They also inform customers of establishment specialties and features. They are sometimes expected to receive and record customers' dining reservations. Somewhat less frequently, host coordinators are also expected to speak with customers to insure satisfaction with food and service, and to respond to complaints.

Host coordinators sometimes are asked to supervise and direct efforts of dining room staff to insure that customers receive prompt and courteous service. And finally, they sometimes have to supervise and direct efforts of dining room staff to insure that customers receive prompt and courteous service.

Like many other jobs, host coordinators must be able to deal with stress and deal with situations calmly and believe in cooperation and coordination.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Elgin include:

  • Counter Clerk. Serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table.
  • Dining Room Attendant. Facilitate food service. Clean tables, carry dirty dishes, replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, and dishes; supply service bar with food, and serve water, butter, and coffee to patrons.
  • Institutional Cook. Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.
  • Waiter. Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Host Coordinator Training

College of Lake County - Grayslake, IL

College of Lake County, 19351 W Washington St., Grayslake, IL 60030-1198. College of Lake County is a large college located in Grayslake, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 16,359 students. College of Lake County has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, & Dining Room Management/Manager which graduated three and four students respectively in 2008.

Harper College - Palatine, IL

Harper College, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067-7398. Harper College is a large college located in Palatine, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15,250 students. Harper College has a less than one year program in Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, & Dining Room Management/Manager which graduated seven students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

ServSafe Alcohol: The ServSafe Alcohol program outlines effective responsible alcohol service practices for all front-of-the-house staff, including bartenders, waiters, hosts, busers, security and valets.

For more information, see the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation website.

LICENSES

RESTAURANT HOSTESS/HOST

Licensing agency: Illinois Gaming Board
Address: Willard Ice Building, P.O. Box 19474, Springfield, IL 62794-9474

Phone: (312) 814-4700
Website: Illinois Gaming Board

LOCATION INFORMATION: Elgin, Illinois

Elgin, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois photo by James Jordan

Elgin is located in Kane County, Illinois. It has a population of over 106,330, which has grown by 12.5% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Elgin, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Elgin cost $156,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, three hundred thirty-two new homes were constructed in Elgin, down from seven hundred fifty-six the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Elgin are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, metal and metal products, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 20.5% of Elgin residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Elgin is 12.4%, which is greater than Illinois's average of 10.5%.

The percentage of Elgin residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 56.0%, is more than both the national and state average. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Elgin. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Elgin is home to the Fox Bluff Corporate Center and the Elgin Fire Station Number 2 as well as Wing Park and College Park. Shopping malls in the area include Wing Park Manor Shopping Center, Tyler Creek Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Elgin can choose from Elgin-Days Inn, Colonial Lodge Motel and Crowne Plaza for temporary stays in the area.