HTMP NewsBites January 2017

Awards Dinner, Hospitality Excellence & Pineapple Awards

The Salute to Excellence Awards _dsc3524will 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 ProStart Competition winners. All HTMP instructors, HTMP competition team members, and award recipients receive one complimentary ticket to the dinner.

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. You may select your Hospitality Excellence Award recipient using your own criteria. However, the selected student should be pursuing a culinary or hospitality career. This student will be recognized with a certificate during the awards dinner. Only one student per school may receive the Hospitality Excellence Award. The deadline to register for the awards dinner and to recognize a student is Friday, February 3, 2017.

The Pineapple Award recognizes one HTMP teacher as having demonstrated a commitment to the HTMP program through dedication to HTMP students.
CLICK HERE for the online Pineapple Award nomination form.

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

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

NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 3, 107

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 checks 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 Application

The FRLAEF is awarding at least $44,000 in scholarships to Florida’s HTMP and ProStart students this school year. Scholarships will be presented during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Orlando.

The minimum scholarship amount awarded is $2,000.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:

• Be a graduating senior who will begin post-secondary education during the 2017-2018 school year
• Be entering a culinary or hospitality post-secondary program
• Return a copy of their OFFICIAL high school transcript to FRLAEF by application deadline

Please share the application link below with your students!

CLICK HERE to apply.

The FRLAEF Scholarship application closes on January 27, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified by February 3, 2017.

Orange County Competition Results

Orange County has held a practice HTMP competition for their schools for a few years. Results are below.

Hospitality Competition

First Place – Sales and Marketing case study         OTC – Mid Florida Campus

First Place – Food and Beverage case study           OTC – Mid Florida Campus

First Place – Guest Services case study                   Oak Ridge High School


Overall Awards

First Place           Oak Ridge High School

Second Place      Freedom High School

Third Place          OTC – Mid Florida

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. Clicking on the image opens it 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.

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