HTM NewsBites August 2022

2022-2023 HTM Opportunities

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (FRLAEF) offers events, activities, monetary support as well as teacher and student support for your Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) program.

The FRLAEF believes participation in these activities can lead to a richer learning environment for you and your students.  Events and opportunities are listed throughout the August NewsBites below.


HTMP/Foodsafety Curriculum & Fall Survey

The FRLAEF will distribute free HTM and/or Foodsafety curriculum (i.e. ServSafe and/or SafeStaff) to Florida HTM schools during the 2022-2023 school year. In order to receive free HTM and/or Foodsafety curriculum, teachers should complete the Fall HTM Survey. Once you have completed the survey, you may request up to $2,000 of free HTM and/or Foodsafety curriculum!

CLICK HERE to complete the online Fall HTMP Survey. It is due no later than Friday, September 23, 2022.

Mini Grants

The FRLAEF is offering $80,000 in Mini Grant funding to HTM and ProStart schools this year. There is no fixed amount for individual grant awards, but to assist your planning, the average award last year was $700.

There are two prerequisites for grant funding: 1) you must currently teach the HTM/HTMP curriculum, and 2) you must complete the HTM Fall Survey.

The FRLAEF Board of Directors prefers to fund items that will make your classroom self-sustaining or equipment that will be used frequently throughout the year.  The board WILL NOT APPROVE most electronics to include printers, computers, iPads, and digital cameras.  They also do not typically approve field trips, curriculum (to include ServSafe and SafeStaff) and transportation.  Please include a good explanation of how the item will be used in the classroom as this is your justification for the purchase.  If you are new to Mini Grants, please let us know what questions you have!

The application deadline is Friday, September 23, 2022

CLICK HERE for the online Mini Grant application.

GRANT AWARD NOTIFICATION: The FRLAEF Board will meet in early October to determine awards.

Florida HTM Competition

The 19th Annual HTM Competition will take place Monday, March 6 — Tuesday March 7, 2023 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.  The FRLAEF will cover some costs of the competing teams, including hotel stay and most meals. Competition rules may be found in the September HTM NewsBites.

To be eligible to compete, the school must 1) have purchased and be using the Year One and Year Two HTMP curriculum, or the new HTM Curriculum, 2) have returned a Fall HTM Survey to FRLAEF and 3) complete the competition application. Please do not submit an application unless you meet these requirements.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 7, 2022
APPLICANTS NOTIFIED STATUS: Friday, October 14, 2022

CLICK HERE to apply.

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

After a two-year hiatus, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will take place with a new look in a new location.  This year’s show will be held November 2 and 3 at the Caribe Royale Resort located in Orlando and ProStart and HTM teachers receive complimentary admission. To access your complimentary admission, COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING REGISTRATION no later than October 17, 2022.


No students under the age of 18 will be allowed onto the show floor.  There will be no exception to this rule.


The Show Student Admission Policy for students 18 and over is as follows, and will be strictly enforced.  This is the same admission policy for post-secondary students.  No more than 10 students may attend per educational institution, with every five students requiring one adult/educator chaperone to accompany them throughout the Show. Groups must follow a one-chaperone to five-student ratio while in the Exhibit Hall. Groups of more than six will be asked by Show Management to split into smaller groups. All student registrations must be submitted at the same time in an Excel spreadsheet with the following information: student or chaperone name, title (for chaperones only), school name, mailing address, and email address for each registrant for confirmation letters. The Student Admission rate is $30 per person and a valid student ID along with proof of age is required at the time of badge pick-up.  No badges will be mailed in advance.  Student/chaperone registration lists and payment information may be submitted to Brittany Gordon at Please note: if our maximum student allotment is exceeded, student registration will be closed.

For more information about the FRL Show, click here.

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida HTM & ProStart instructors to work in a foodservice/lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the HTM or HTMP curriculum during the 2022-2023 school year. If you are already employed at a restaurant or hotel, you MAY NOT use that site for your internship. The restaurant/hotel must be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.

The applicant must secure a position at a foodservice or lodging facility where a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience is guaranteed. The host location may pay the recipient but is not required to do so.

The FRLAEF will award 11 HII’s this school year on a first-come, first-served basis. So apply NOW! Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.

CLICK HERE to apply.


The FRLAEF will award at least $50,000 in scholarships during the 2022-2023 school year. These scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards in the Spring. The scholarship application will be available in January.

All HTM graduating seniors may apply for this one-time $2,000 scholarship. Students must be pursuing a hospitality-related degree to qualify.

CAPE Update

We currently understand there will not be a CAPE application for new industry certifications this year.  The current list of certifications remain the approved list of certifications for the 2022-2023 school year.  DOE and Career Source Florida are currently working on a Master Credential List process.  Once this process is complete current certifications will be reviewed and new certification applications will be accepted.

ServSafe is on the CAPE list and will remain on the list for the 2022-2023 school year.  National Registry is also on the CAPE list and covers the same material as ServSafe.  You are allowed to test your students using both of the certifications.

HTM Teacher Training 

Thanks to the success of the inaugural HTM Teacher Training, the FLRAEF will conduct an annual HTM Teacher Training during summer 2023. It is anticipated the training will be held in Orlando.  More details will follow as they are finalized.


The FRLAEF will cover the cost of all Florida HTM instructors who will be teaching the HTM curriculum during the 2022-2023 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.


Online registration will begin Spring 2023.

HTM Banners Available

If you would like an HTM Banner for your classroom, please let us know! Email Amy at by September 23 to secure a banner.