Nafisa Erkandoko came to OSU-Cascades from Jakarta, Indonesia to study hospitality management. She found a community in the residence hall, challenged herself with a large course load each term, and discovered the beauty of Central Oregon. Her favorite part of the program was getting hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies like virtual reality employee training and food 3D printing. Now, she’ll put her degree to work in the family resort business, and is excited to join the growing tourism sector in Indonesia.
In Oregon, hospitality is a $9.2 billion industry. Tourism and hospitality businesses are among the largest employers in Central Oregon and the industry is experiencing a surge in growth.