HTMP NewsBites January 2018

Awards Dinner, Hospitality Excellence & Pineapple Awards

The Salute to Excellence Awards _dsc3524will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018 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. All interested HTMP instructors, receive one complimentary ticket to the dinner.

CLICK HERE  to register to attend 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 2, 2018.

The Pineapple Award recognizes one HTMP teacher as having demonstrated a commitment to the HTMP program through dedication to HTMP students. Forward the nomination link to your principal, your fellow teachers, your business partners so they can nominate YOU!
CLICK HERE for the online Pineapple Award nomination form.

Anyone 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 2, 2018

Additional tickets may be purchased in advance for $60. No tickets will be sold on site. 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 9, 2018 to guarantee a seat at the Salute Awards dinner.

FRLAEF Scholarship Application

The FRLAEF is awarding at least $60,000 in scholarships to Florida HTMP and ProStart students this school year. Scholarships will be presented during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Sunday, March 4, 2018 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 2018-2019 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 26, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified by February 2, 2018.

15th Annual Florida HTMP Competition

The 15th Annual HTMP Competition will take place Monday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

HTMP Competition paperwork is due by January 26, 2018.

The paperwork was emailed to each participating teacher in October. If you did not receive it, please contact Amy Parker at

Virtual Business–Hotel

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute teamed up with Knowledge Matters to offer a virtual hotel you can use in your classroom.

Students who complete the Hotel Online simulator receive an exemption from the 100-hour internship component of the industry-recognized Certification in Hospitality Tourism and Management.  Students must still pass both the HTMP Year 1 and Year 2 exams in order to earn the certification.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Virtual Hotel including lesson plans and pricing.

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida HTMP instructors to work in a 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 HTMP curriculum during the 2017-2018 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.