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Grade: 11-12   

Credits: 3 units, 1.5 Fall Semester, 1.5 Spring Semester

Dual Credit: Missouri State University (MSU) HRA 210 & HRA 215 (3 hrs credit each course for eligible students)

PREREQUISITE GPA: 2.5 cumulative or better; Attendance: 90% or better; Math: Algebra I, B- or better; Reading/Writing: 10th grade level

Recommended: Introduction to Human Services (offered traditional or online), Introduction to Hospitality, Culinary Foundations  

Fall Semester: Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation is one of the fastest growing industries in the world which includes travel coordinators, event planners, entertainment directors, fitness directors, brand managers, and more. Skills in this area cross multiple industries as companies strive to make customer experiences the best they can be and memorable.   The curriculum for this class is industry-driven, therefore matching the needs of hospitality employers across the world. The course will focus on the options available in the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation industries as well as preparing students to understand and prepare for management    The program provides students with broad-based learning on the tasks, knowledge, and skills required by anyone wishing to build a career within the hospitality and tourism industry. Students are also able to network with individuals in their field. This course provides the instruction for students to earn certification as a Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP®).  The course helps the student prepare for the Certified Hospitality & Tourism Management Professional (CHTMP) certification, which is earned during the second course.

Spring Semester: The content for the second semester focuses on the leadership and managerial aspects, responsibilities, knowledge, and skills required by an entry-level leader in the hospitality and tourism industry.  Skills learned in this course are transferable to other opportunities related to the field and will put you on a path to a successful career. Students are required to complete 100 hours of paid or unpaid work experience in one or more of the following qualifying positions: Accommodations, Food & Beverage, Transportation, or Attractions. Internship hours can be earned on site at Paradise Park attractions and events. Once the workplace experience is met, students are eligible for a professional certification from the American Hospitality Lodging Educational Institute. This designation is recognized internationally, and is called the Certified Hospitality & Tourism Management Professional (CHTMP).