HTMP NewsBites September 2019

17th Annual Florida HTMP Competition Dates Set!

Thanks to all who voted to determine the HTMP competition dates! A strong majority voted for the Wednesday/Thursday option, so: 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 available in this issue of HTMP NewsBites.

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 competition application.

CLICK HERE for the rules.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 11, 2019

APPLICANTS NOTIFIED STATUS: Friday, October 18, 2019

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Mini Grants

The FRLAEF received 132 Mini Grant applications from HTMP and ProStart programs this year. Awards will be determined during the Ed Foundation Board meeting which will be held during the FRLA Show.

GRANT AWARD NOTIFICATION: September 20, 2019.  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 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.

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 $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 $2,000 scholarship.