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Academy of Hospitality and Tourism

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The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Management is a collaborative effort between the National Academy Foundation, Southwest Preparatory School District and the San Antonio tourism council.  Together we provide students with college preparatory curriculum as well as the training and skills needed for professional, entry-level positions in the travel and tourism industry.  Students take courses related to hotel management, Microsoft office skills, and sports and event planning.  Students are introduced to all of the career opportunities available within the industry.  Internships and job shadowing experiences are provided.

OUR PARTNERS

Our academy relies on high level support and the highest caliber leadership from its advisory board and local partners, representing the following companies.

  • Alamo Colleges
  • UTSA Sports Management Program
  • San Antonio Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Workforce Solutions Alamo
  • San Antonio Tourism Council
  • San Antonio Scorpions
  • St. Philips College Hospitality and Tourism Department
  • Marriott Hotels San Antonio

Program of Study

Principles of Hospitality and Tourism  Grade 9

One Credit

Prerequisite:  None

The hospitality and tourism industry encompasses lodging, travel and tourism, recreation, amusements, attractions, resorts, restaurants, and food beverage service. The hospitality and tourism industry maintains the largest national employment base in the private sector. Students use knowledge and skills that meet industry standards to function effectively in various positions within this multifaceted industry. Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING  Grade 10-12

Half Credit

Prerequisite: Principles of Hospitality

This course will explore the opportunities in the sports and entertainment industries and how events, teams and leagues are formed, promoted, planned and implemented. Students will get a look at the exciting world of sports and entertainment from an operational standpoint rather than that of a spectator or fan.  Students will learn of the many career opportunities in the industry and how they can become involved.


ENTREPRENEURSHIP Grade 10-12

Half Credit

Prerequisite: Principles of Hospitality

This course will explore the world of self-employment and the generation of business ideas.  Entrepreneurial skills are part of employment in every industry and type of employment.  Students will learn how to perform all the functions of a business as a self-employed entrepreneur as well as how to develop and fund their ideas, creating opportunities for owning their own business or inventing useful products.


Business Information Management Grade 10-12

One Credit

Prerequisite: None

Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen individual performance in the workplace and in society and make a successful transition to the workforce and postsecondary education. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create word-processing documents, develop a spreadsheet, formulate a database, and make an electronic presentation using appropriate software

Hotel Management  Grade 11-12

One Credit

Prerequisite: Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to pursue staff and management positions available in the hotel industry. This in-depth study of the lodging industry includes departments within a hotel such as: front desk, food and beverage, housekeeping, maintenance, human resources, and accounting. This course will focus on, but not be limited to: professional communication, leadership, management, human resources, technology, and accounting. Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.

 

Hospitality Services  Grade 10-12

One Credit

Prerequisite: Hotel Management

Hospitality Services provides students with the academic and technical preparation to pursue high-demand and high-skill careers in hospitality related industries. The knowledge and skills are acquired within a sequential, standards-based program that integrates hands-on and project-based instruction. Standards included in the Hospitality Services course are designed to prepare students for nationally recognized industry certifications, postsecondary education, and entry-level careers. In addition, Hospitality Services is designed so that performance standards meet employer expectations, enhancing the employability of students. Instruction may be delivered through laboratory training or through internships, mentoring, or job shadowing. Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.

Practicum in Hospitality Services Grade 12

Three Credits

Prerequisite: Hotel Management

(1) A unique practicum experience provides opportunities for students to participate in a learning experience that combines classroom instruction with actual business and industry career experiences. Practicum in Hospitality Services integrates academic and career and technical education; provides more interdisciplinary instruction; and supports strong partnerships among schools, businesses, and community institutions with the goal of preparing students with a variety of skills in a fast-changing workplace.(2) Students are taught employability skills, including job-specific skills applicable to their training plan, job interview techniques, communication skills, financial and budget activities, human relations, and portfolio development. Practicum in Hospitality Services is relevant and rigorous, supports student attainment of academic and technical standards, and effectively prepares students for college and career success.3) Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organizations

Possible Certifications

OSHA Safety Certification

National Hospitality Certificate