HTMP NewsBites August 2019

2019-2020 HTMP Opportunities

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

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will take place Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16, 2019 (only two days this year) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. HTMP instructors are welcome to attend free of charge both days of the Show. Below are the guidelines for student attendees.


HTMP students may attend the 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show as long as the guidelines below are followed.  Failure to follow these guidelines could result in expulsion from the Show floor. There is alcohol on the show floor.  Please keep this in mind when selecting your students.

•Attending students must be at least 16 years of age.  Students must provide proof of age when they pick up their name badges.
•There must be one chaperone for every 5 students.  The chaperones must be within eye-sight of the students.  Chaperones must be at least 21 years old.
•No more than a total of 5 students may attend from one school.
•Students and 1 chaperone must walk the show floor together. 
•Students must be dressed in business attire or chef attire.

REGISTER (Use this registration if you would like to attend with students.)

HTMP students and chaperones may attend the show one of the two days (Sunday or Monday).  There is no fee to attend.  To register, complete THIS SPREADSHEET and return to  The spreadsheets will be processed as they are received.  Only a limited number of student spreadsheets will be processed.  Once that number is reached no more spreadsheets will be accepted which means students will be unable to attend. Spreadsheets must be received no later than August 30, 2019.

TEACHER REGISTRATION FOR SHOW (Use this registration if you would like to attend without students.)

CLICK HERE to receive your complimentary registration. Use Discount Code FRLA.

Mini Grants

The FRLAEF is offering $80,000 in Mini Grant funding to HTMP 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 $736.

There are two prerequisites for grant funding: 1) you must currently teach the HTMP curriculum, and 2) you must complete an HTMP Fall Survey (more info below).

The FRLAEF Board of Directors prefers to fund items that will make your classroom self-sustaining. If a piece of equipment is requested, it should be something that will be used frequently throughout the year.

The application deadline is Friday, August 30, 2019

CLICK HERE for the online Mini Grant application.

GRANT AWARD NOTIFICATION: September 20, 2019.  If awarded, funds must be spent no later than November 15, 2019.

HTMP Curriculum & Fall Survey

The FRLAEF will distribute free HTMP curriculum to Florida HTMP schools during the 2019-2020 school year. In order to receive free HTMP curriculum, teachers should complete the Fall HTMP Survey. Once you have completed the survey, you may request up to $2,000 of free HTMP curriculum!

CLICK HERE to complete the online Fall HTMP Survey. It is due no later than Friday, August 30, 2019.

17th Annual Florida HTMP Competition–SURVEY

The 17th Annual HTMP Competition will take place in early March at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. After we signed our hotel contract we were made award that DECA takes place March 5-8, 2020. Please take a quick survey to let us know which dates work best for you for the HTMP Competition. We will select the option that has the most votes. Complete the survey no later than August 30, 2019 for your vote to count!

CLICK HERE to pick your preference.

FRLAEF Students of the Year–2019 Application Open Now

The Hospitality Stars of the Industry Gala is an FRLA event that recognizes Florida’s Chef of the Year, Hotel General Manager of the Year, Hotel Employee of the Year, Restaurant General Manager of the Year, Restaurant Employee of the Year and Educational Foundation Student of the Year for HTMP & ProStart.

A panel of judges will select the top nominee in each category. The panel consists of restaurateurs, hoteliers and allied members. Following the judging process, the FRLA will notify the top HTMP & ProStart Educational Foundation Students of the Year. The winner will be recognized during the Gala, and will presented with at least a $2,000 scholarship. The Gala takes place the evening of Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Students do not have to be present to win.

Florida HTMP and ProStart teachers may nominate a past or present student for this award.

CLICK HERE for the application


Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida ProStart & HTMP 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 from the FRLAEF.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the ProStart/HTMP curriculum during the 2019-2020 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 also 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.

CHI Scholarships Available

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) revised its Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) designation toCHI Profile_Page_1_Page_1 bring the study materials in line with the high school curriculum, as well as to make preparing for the certification exam more convenient and flexible for teachers.

Professional certifications have become a requirement for many secondary school teachers and workforce instructors. The 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.


The FRLAEF will award $44,000 in scholarships during the 2019-2020 school year. The scholarship application will be available in December 2019.

All HTMP graduating seniors may apply for this one-time $2,000 scholarship.