Lantana College of Hospitality

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Lantana College of Hospitality (Nigeria) started operations in 1987 in rented premises. The College moved to its current campus in 2012 after the completion of two of its three-phase construction projects that was funded by the EU and private donors. The third phase comprising of plans for an auditorium, computer room, a chapel and meeting rooms is still pending. More rooms are also required for teachers and supervisors, especially now that the College has started student admissions for the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), an internationally accredited certification program.

Students come from very poor families in the towns and surrounding villages in Enugu State. The majority are from families of farmers and traders with small shops in front of their homes where they sell some of their farm produce. The students pay minimal fees to the college that hardly cover their expenses. The cost of education per student is financed by donations towards scholarships and by proceeds from sales of baked items and other products made by the students  as part of their basic occupational training.

Lantana College provides comprehensive and innovative training for young women to empower them with knowledge and skills to work as professionals in the field of hospitality. The College offers a two-year Professional Certificate in Hospitality Operations as well as courses in home management and culinary services. 

Graduates have gained employment in hotels, restaurants, and other food and hospitality businesses. Others have showcased their talents as small scale hospitality entrepreneurs.

Your donation will help many young girls acquire the necessary skills to obtain gainful employment or engage in small to medium entrepreneurial initiatives. 


I registered for a Bakery and Confectionery course at Lantana College of Hospitality when I badly needed extra income for my family. I was amazed at the variety of recipes one was exposed to within a very short time. I could hardly wait to try them out. And such was the enthusiasm of all my course mates who were going to take the business of snack-making full time. 

I carried out trial sales for one week and the response was tremendous. Lantana has not only solved a financial problem for me but has given me the tools to make life more delightful in my home. No family celebration passes without my presenting a beautiful cake to everyone’s delight. I am earning extra income from the convenience and comfort of my home. I am planning to take more courses in Hospitality Management the school offers so as to be better equipped. 


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