LS R-7 to offer new Hospitality Tourism Management Program for high-school students

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will soon offer a new program for students interested in a growing sector of the economy. The Hospitality Tourism Management Program (HTMP 1 and 2) encourages high-school juniors and seniors to train for a career in a growing field both in the United States and internationally. Courses will be available in fall 2017 in the new Summit Technology Academy/Missouri Innovation Campus building.

Students in the two-course program will learn the employability skills and job-specific technical skills for more than 200 industry careers in the hospitality and guest services pathway. The courses will provide learning opportunities for students to hone management skills needed in the industry. Both courses incorporate work-based learning experiences through class work, case studies and internship opportunities.

Students who pass the final exam for each year and meet the workplace requirement hours are eligible for a professional certification, the Certified Hospitality and Tourism Management Professional (CHTMP) from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. Students may also be eligible for six hours of college credit through Missouri State University.

This course provides a way for students to work and gain experience while they attend college, and the certification allows students to enter the workforce with industry-recognized skills and credentials.

Examples of jobs in this field are front office/desk jobs, guest services, tourism, event planning, sales and marketing, food and beverage, hospitality accounting, human resources, maintenance and engineering, safety and security, and property manager.

With the hospitality industry projected to rise by 18 percent for most areas and 27 percent for lodging managers, there is no better time to take the Hospitality Tourism Management Program at Summit Technology Academy and be prepared for a career waiting for you, said Summit Tech / Missouri Innovation Campus officials.

To learn more about the program, attend an upcoming open house on either Jan. 12 or Feb. 1 or visit sta.lsr7.org.

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