The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida HTMP instructors to work in a lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. At the completion of 40 work hours, the HII participant will receive a check for $600 from the FRLAEF. Maria Carmen del Lopez, HTMP teacher at Plantation High School in Broward County, just completed her HII. (She is pictured at right with her students.)
Maria Carmen was born in Lima, Peru where she earned a degree in electrical engineering; In 2005, she and her family immigrated to the United States thanks to the lottery visa. In 2006, she got a job teaching math at Plantation High School, where she found her real calling in life, working with kids, making a difference in their lives. In 2012 she was assigned to teach Hospitality and Tourism. She knew little about the industry but followed the standards and instructional materials available to her. However, she felt she did not have the needed experience to help her students succeed in this area. When she read about the HII in NewsBites last year, she was eager for the opportunity to learn more about the industry.
Maria completed her HII at the Courtyard Marriott in Fort Lauderdale. She said, “I worked in the different areas of the hotel and realized how important is to help my students develop soft skills. Each member of the staff plays a vital role in the success of the hotel. I am thankful for this great opportunity which equipped me with real experience in the field.”
UCF Creates Entertainment Management Degree with $5 Million Donation
The Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida has received a $5 million private donation to establish a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Management starting Fall 2016. The donor wishes to remain anonymous. This four-year undergraduate program will focus on the managerial aspects of entertainment and is the first of its kind to be offered by a SACS-accredited public institution in the United States.
The B.S. in Entertainment Management, offered in partnership with the College of Arts and Humanities, will provide a career path for students seeking employment as business practitioners versus performers in the nearly $1.5 trillion international entertainment industry. According to a 2015 report from AnythingResearch, the entertainment industry is anticipated to grow by an annual average of 4.4 percent through 2019, so graduates will enter a job market with immediate demand for entertainment management education. Graduates may pursue careers in a variety of entertainment industry sectors, including live performances and events, historical/cultural/educational exhibits, digital media, film enterprises, tourism attractions, experiential hospitality-related products, special events, sporting events and recreational or leisure activities.
Entertainment Management students will be immersed in the business side of entertainment in the key areas of design, engineering, operations, finance and marketing to equip them to identify, create and manage successful entertainment products. The program will also develop important management skills, including leadership, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork, to prepare graduates for management roles in private and non-profit organizations. Rosen College’s location and industry relationships will ensure students benefit from exposure to national and global entertainment leaders in the classroom and superior internship and job placement opportunities.
Students pursuing the B.S. in Entertainment Management will take classes at Rosen College and the College of Arts and Humanities to complete the 120-credit-hour program, which complements a variety of other disciplines. Undergraduates pursuing degrees in music, theater, hospitality, event management and business can double major in entertainment management and graduate with a competitive edge.
UCF will begin accepting applications for the B.S. in Entertainment Management in early April 2016. For more information, visit hospitality.ucf.edu/entertainment or contact Rosen College at 407-903-8000 or email@example.com.
CHI Scholarships Available
Professional certification has become a requirement for many secondary school teachers and workforce instructors. The American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute (EI)’s Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) provides teachers in secondary school hospitality classes and workforce development programs with a solid foundation of hospitality knowledge and skills, so they can more effectively convey the information to students and better prepare them for careers in hospitality. Prospective CHI candidates may teach one of EI’s hospitality programs, including the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP), Skills, Tasks, And Result Training (START), or any other secondary-level hospitality curriculum.
EI has revised the CHI learning format from a series of three on-site summer institutes to a two-level self-study program that includes print resources and online study modules presented by Michael “Doc” Terry, CHE, a hospitality instructor at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Each level consists of 13 modules with an online exam that must be passed with a score of 70 percent or higher. The learning modules relate to the content presented in EI’s new, two-year high school curriculum, the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP). Candidates must also complete a 120-hour hospitality internship to earn the certification. Certification candidates have six months to complete the program requirements. No travel is required under the new learning format.
The cost for the new certification program is $750.00, which includes both books, the online courses, and the exams. The FRLAEF will cover the training costs for each of the CHI Scholarship recipients.
More information can also be found here.
American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation (AH&LEF) offers a wide array of scholarship opportunities – available to incoming freshman through graduate students. Some are earmarked specifically for current hotel employees and others for minorities. A few have minimum GPA requirements, while others are open to full or part-time students. All require enrollment in a hospitality management degree program.
More than $860,000 is budgeted in 2016 to award to a few hundred hospitality management students. Scholarships range from $500 to $6,000, and unlike a loan, the money never needs to be paid back. It only takes a few minutes to apply.
AH&LEF does not judge applications solely based on GPA or financial need. They also review academics, hospitality work experience, extracurricular/professional activities, and honors, as well as personal attributes that you outline in your essay.
Scholarship recipients receive a free year of student membership to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Additionally, alumni can join a community that helps them network, advance, and gain visibility in the industry. And lastly, an AH&LEF scholarship will look great on your resume and shows you have earned recognition from the industry.
CLICK HERE for more information and to apply. Application deadline is May 1, 2016.
WebstaurantStore, a leading online restaurant supply store, is offering an annual scholarship to all culinary arts and hospitality students. The winning applicant will receive $1,500 towards the cost of their education.
Attached is a flyer with a brief overview of the scholarship for your reference, but all of the application details and the 2016 essay question are available on our website at http://www.webstaurantstore.com/scholarship.
Application is due by June 15, 2016.
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Summer 2016 Yellowstone National Park Employment Opportunities
For a number of years Yellowstone has had success hiring ProStart students. Yellowstone National Park Lodges is operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts and provides services for more than three million visitors who come to Yellowstone National Park each year. They have a multitude of positions within the Food and Beverage industry. Click here for information about their Culinary Apprentice program and Culinary and Hospitality Internship Program.
Along with offering the best backyard in the United States they also offer the following;
Room and Board: Housing is dormitory style and includes utilities, internet, and free laundry. Food is all you can eat/ 3 meals per day. Cost is based on hours work but will not exceed $206.05 per pay check.
Pay: Base wage is $8.75 per hour for entry level positions
Bonus: Applicants receive a $3.00 per day bonus at the completion of their agreement.
New this year starting in mid-September all employees will receive a $2.00 per hour bonus until mid-October.
Apprenticeship: For students pursuing the culinary field we also offer an apprenticeship program.
Transfer Program: Applicants wishing to pursue a career and benefits with Xanterra can request to transfer to one of their other parks or stay on in Yellowstone for their winter season.
When hired, applicants will receive detailed information about their first day of employment, where they arrive and what to expect. They do not pay for travel to Yellowstone but they do pick employees up in Bozeman, Montana if they are traveling by bus or airplane.
The application is available on line at www.yellowstonejobs.com.