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Opportunities in Maryland’s High Schools

According to the U.S Travel association, jobs in the travel industry can launch you career and promote a lifetime of learning.

  • Employees who work in travel build valuable skills that can translate into rewarding careers, both in travel and other industries.
  • Nearly one in five individuals (19%) found their first job in travel, and an astonishing 50 percent held at least one travel-related job over the course of their career.

The Maryland State Department of Education supports local school systems statewide which provide educational options for high school students who choose career pathways in hospitality and tourism. In partnership with the following organizations, Maryland students are gaining the coursework and technical skills they need to pursue successful careers in the industry.

American Culinary Federation Foundation

The American Culinary Federation Foundation (ACFF) offers educational resources to help individuals and businesses achieve and maintain a competitive advantage in the culinary industry. Accreditation by American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services. Fourteen High Schools across Maryland have been certified; click here for a full list.

National Academy Foundation

The National Academy Foundation’s (NAF) Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) was established in 1987 to expose high school students to the wide variety of opportunities and career paths in the industry. In addition to studying career-focused curriculum and working on collaborative projects, AOHT students gain critical career knowledge through a series of work-based learning activities both inside and outside of the classroom. Local business partners work with educators to provide these opportunities that round out students’ education. Click here for an overview of the program. Find a program near you.

The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI)

AHLEI’s Hospitality & Tourism Management Program (HTMP) was created to provide high school students with an updated curriculum that would present them with the high level concepts needed to be a successful manager in the hospitality industry. This curriculum is industry driven, and has been developed with input from over 60 subject matter experts to help prepare today’s students for careers in hospitality. Learn more about the program.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart Program

By bringing together the industry and the classroom, ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents to open doors for fulfilling careers. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-life experience opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime. Seventy five Schools across Maryland are partners, download the full list of schools.

For more information on hospitality and tourism educational opportunities provided in Maryland’s high schools, contact:

Lynne M. Gilli
Program Manager
CTE Instructional Branch Division of Career and College Readiness
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street | Baltimore, MD 21201
P: 410-767-0518 | F: 410-333-2099 | E: lgilli@msde.state.md.us