HTMP NewsBites November 2016

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!

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) has revised its Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) designation toCHI Profile_Page_1_Page_1 bring the study materials in line with its new 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. However, because many high school hospitality instructors had begun working toward the Certified Hospitality Instructor certification under its previous format, EI has created a plan to enable those candidates to complete their requirements under the new format.

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.

Hospitality Industry InternshipsHII Logo Template4

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.

Congratulations to Richard Grace who was awarded an HII! Richard is the HTMP Instructor at Colonial High School in Orlando.

Hospitality + Tourism Links of Interest


The FRLAEF will award $40,000 in scholarships during the 2016-2017 school year. These scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. Watch NewsBites for more information and the scholarship application.

Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place the evening of Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards dinner will recognize all ProStart Competition, Pineapple Award, Scholarship recipients and Hospitality Excellence Awards winners. All Florida HTMP instructors and competing HTMP students will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the dinner. Scholarship recipients and Hospitality Excellence Award recipients receive complimentary tickets as well.

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The FRLAEF Board awarded $80,000 in Mini Grant Funds to Florida HTMP and ProStart Schools. All applicants were notified of their award. Funds must be spent no later than November 18, 2016.

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