HTMP NewsBites February 2017

FRLAEF Pineapple Awards — LAST WEEK to Nominate or Be Nominated!

The Pineapple Award recognizes one HTMP teacher as having demonstrated a commitment to the HTMP program through dedication to HTMP students. The HTMP Teacher of the Year will receive the Pineapple Award during the Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.
CLICK HERE for the online Pineapple Award nomination form.

Anyone may nominate a HTMP teacher they feel deserves this recognition using the following criteria (forward the nomination link to your principal, your fellow teachers, your business partners so they can nominate YOU!):

  • HTMP Teacher must have taught the HTMP curriculum at least one year

NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 3, 2017

Awards Dinner & Hospitality Excellence Registration–LAST WEEK!

The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards dinner will recognize all Pineapple Award, FRLAEF Scholarship and Hospitality Excellence Awards recipients as well as other various awards. All HTMP instructors, HTMP competition team members, and award recipients receive one complimentary ticket to the dinner.

The purpose of the Hospitality Excellence Award is to give you an opportunity to recognize your top HTMP student. The student you select is presented a certificate during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner. You may select your Hospitality Excellence Award recipient using your own criteria. However, the selected student should be pursuing a culinary or hospitality career.

CLICK HERE  to register for the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner and/or to submit a student’s name for the Hospitality Excellence Award. This is a two-fold entry form. The first section is an RSVP to the dinner itself. In the second section, you can name your top HTMP student for the Hospitality Excellence Award.

The deadline to register for the awards dinner and to recognize a student is Friday, February 3, 2017.

Additional tickets may be purchased in advance for $60. No tickets will be sold on site this year. To purchase additional tickets with a credit card CLICK HERE.

Tickets may also be purchased by check made payable to FRLAEF and mailed to:

PO Box 1779
Tallahassee, FL  32302

All ticket payments must be received by the FRLAEF no later than February 10, 2017 to guarantee a seat at the Salute Awards dinner.

FRLAEF Scholarship — Winners Notified by Friday

We received over 100 FRLAEF Scholarship applicants! Winners will be notified by the end of the week. Scholarships will be presented at the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Scholarship winners do not have to be present to receive their award.

Hospitality + Tourism Links of Interest

HTMP Marketing Piece Available

The FRLAEF has developed a marketing piece for HTMP that is designed to explain the program to parents and potential htmp-rack-card-p2htmp-rack-card-p1classroom mentors or sponsors.

These pieces are perfect for an Open House for your program or showcasing your program in the community.  If you are interested in some, please let us know. If possible, please give us two weeks lead time.

The piece is pictured at right. Click on image to open full size.

14th Annual Florida HTMP CompetitionHTMP Comp Logo 2017

The 14th Annual HTMP Competition will take place Sunday, March 5, and Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.


Congratulations to the following schools who have been selected to compete in the 14th Annual HTMP Competition!

Colonial High School, Richard Grace, Instructor

Forest Hill High School, Diana Sardina, Instructor

Gainesville High School, Dawn Bekaert, Instructor

Miami Beach High School, Patricia Gregory, Instructor

Miami Sunset Senior High School, Milagro Perez, Instructor

Oak Ridge High School, Vanessa, Zameza, Instructor

Orange Technical College-Mid Florida Campus, Pat Novalis, Kimaris Hickey, Instructors

South Broward High School, Vicky Edgcomb, Instructor

Winter Haven High School, Linda Robinson, Instructor

Winter Park High School, Meg Pietkiewicz, Instructor

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.

For those teachers who have taken one or two of the old CHI levels:
• Taken CHI Level 1 only – must still complete new Level 2, exempt from Level 1.
• Taken CHI Levels 1 and 2, but not 3 – must still complete new Level 2, exempt from Level 1.
• Taken CHI Levels 2 and/or 3, but not 1 – must still complete new Level 1, exempt from Level 2.

The FRLAEF will cover the training costs for each of the CHI Scholarship recipients.


More information can also be found here.