HTMP NewsBites October 2019

HTMP Competition–Application Closed

The 17th Annual HTMP Competition will take place Wednesday, March 4 — Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

The FRLAEF will cover most of the costs of the competing teams, including hotel stay and meals. Transportation to/from the event is at the expense of the team.  Competition rules are below.

PARTICIPATION To be eligible to compete, the school must 1) have purchased and be using the Year One and Year Two HTMP curriculum 2) complete a Fall HTMP Survey and 3) complete the competition application. Please do not submit an application unless you meet these requirements.

CLICK HERE for the rules.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 11, 2019

APPLICANTS NOTIFIED STATUS: Friday, October 18, 2019

FRLAEF HTMP Student of the Year

The FRLAEF HTMP Student of the year is Milena Maldonado from Orange Tech in Orlando.  Ms. Maldonado graduated from Orange Technical College’s HTMP program with her Certified Hospitality & Tourism Management Professional certification.  She was a member of the National Technical Honor Society as well as her school’s hospitality team.  She competed in the Orange County Public Schools HTMP Competition as well as the FRLAEF’s HTMP Competition where she won medals at both events.

In addition to school, Ms. Maldonado works at Loews Endless Summer and is a former employee of Starbucks.   She is currently attending Valencia College with plans to transfer to the Rosen School of Hospitality at UCF.

Ms. Maldonado will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation.


Path to Power Series

The Path to Power series profiles executives in the hospitality industry and the career path they took to get there.  These articles were compiled for Florida’s HTMP & ProStart students. We emailed these last month but are posting here in case you missed them.

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Mini Grants

The FRLAEF received 132 Mini Grant applications from HTMP and ProStart programs this year. Awards were determined during the Ed Foundation Board meeting which was held during the FRLA Show last month. Awardees received an email from Laura Rumer ( If you applied for a Mini Grant and did not receive an email, please contact her.

Don’t forget to spend your Mini Grant funds!  If awarded, funds must be spent no later than November 15, 2019.

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 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

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’s CHI learning format consists of 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 HTMP. Candidates must also complete a 120-hour hospitality internship to earn the certification. Certification candidates have six months to complete the program requirements including the 120-hour internship.

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 at least $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 scholarship.