Establishing an articulation agreement between your high school and post-secondary schools in your region can encourage students to continue their education. Examples of articulation agreements are:
- The “Seamless Curriculum” where high school classes are fully accepted by the post-secondary school
- Credit for high school classes is awarded to students entering college
- Advanced placement is given to students who successfully complete the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program
Learning objectives for each year of HTMP can be compared to hospitality management courses at four-year and two-year post-secondary schools. HTMP instructors can reach out to colleges in their area (especially those using AHLEI textbooks) and work with them to create agreements that offer their students an academic advantage when attending that institution.
Competencies from the following texts are included in the HTMP:
- Hospitality Today: An Introduction
- Managing Front Office Operations
- Managing Housekeeping Operations
- Managing Service in Food and Beverage Operations
- Hospitality Facilities Management and Design
- Leadership and Management in the Hospitality Industry
How was HTMP developed?
We invited representatives from academia and industry and formed a focus group that also included our instructional designers and other industry experts. Much of the content was pulled from our college-level hospitality courses.
How long is the course?
The course is designed to include 360 hours of classroom learning, divided into two years. Year 1 and Year 2 of HTMP each have their own separate materials and are purchased separately. Some instructors invite in guest speakers from the industry, arrange field trips to hotels, and provide additional hands-on learning, which can add to the total course hours. The curriculum can be taught in an accelerated manner to cover one academic year, if that best meets the needs of your school district.
How are the classes facilitated?
The classes can be provided by traditional high schools, tech centers and other non-traditional schools that teach to high school aged students. Community colleges may also find the program useful in teaching an introductory level hospitality course.
Does the teacher have to be from the hospitality industry?
Anyone with a teaching degree or training experience can instruct the program, based on your school district or Department of Education requirements. Comprehensive instructor materials are provided (instructor workbook, lesson plans, PowerPoints, assessments, etc.).
Do you have any programs available for hospitality instructors?
AHLEI offers a professional certification program for hospitality instructors called the Certified Hospitality Instructor. [link]
My students want to go to college. Is HTMP right for them?
The path to a lodging career may include a trip to a community college or university, where your students can study hospitality management, travel and tourism, or culinary arts. HTMP gives students a leg up, as the knowledge and skills mastered during the program closely mirror those of introductory hospitality courses at universities and colleges nationwide.
Will HTMP prepare my students to enter the workforce?
Not everyone in lodging goes to college. In fact, lodging is one of the industries where a degree is not necessary for career success. There are many examples of general managers and corporate executives who started as dishwashers and bell attendants and rose through the ranks because of their motivation and drive. Your HTMP classes will give your students a head start on their hospitality careers.