Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
- History and Impact
- Student Benefits
- College and Career Readiness
- Benefits of Woodrow AOHT Partnership
The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (AOHT) was launched in 1987 with support from Marriott International and the American Express Foundation, with locations in New York City and Miami. In the 2013- 2014 school year, there were 88 Academies of Hospitality & Tourism in 45 districts across 21 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands serving 9,115 students.
Woodrow Wilson’s AOHT program was the first NAF Academy implemented in 1999.
In 2010, 13.1 million people were employed in Hospitality and Tourism occupations in the United States, and employment is expected to grow to around 14.4 million by 2025. By providing an education that emphasizes both customer service and the mastery of tangible skills like using reservation software,
Woodrow AOHT students are prepared to meet the needs of this growing industry.
The travel, tourism, entertainment, culinary, and sports industry is one of the largest sources of employment, income and revenue in the World. The industry will require twenty-five million additional trained workers to meet the demand in the next 20 years.
The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism helps students chart career paths in one of the world’s largest industries, from hotel management to sports, entertainment, and event management, and includes the study of geography, economics, and world cultures.
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The Academy program features:
- Four year Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Management-oriented High School courses.
- A compensated internship during the summer between junior and senior year.
- Attendance at industry conferences, trade shows, and seminars.
- Mentoring and shadowing experiences with industry professionals.
- Opportunity to receive national industry certifications.
- Participate in the DECA Student Organization, an association for marketing students
Woodrow AOHT students gain critical career knowledge through a series of work-based learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. These activities include job shadowing, mock interviews, resume writing workshops, and culminate with a compensated internship. Local business partners work with Woodrow to provide these opportunities that round out students' education. By serving on advisory boards and as mentors, business partners provide a real world connection to academy coursework which helps students understand the pathways to career success.
NAF's student certification assessment system validates successful course completion, projects, and internships. By receiving a passing score on End-of-Course exams and satisfactory scores on the project and internship assessments, students earn a NAF credential signifying to post-secondary institutions and employers that they are both college and career ready. NAF also offers each student upon completion of the program Certified Hiring Credentials.
Graduates of NAF academies complete college faster, earn more, and have stronger ties to their communities than their peers. NAF's 96% senior graduation rate is a testament to this effort.
Colleges Offering a Major in Hospitality
- University of North Texas
- Stephen F. Austin
- Lamar University
- Cornell University
- Texas Tech
- University of Houston
The AOHT curriculum engages students through a series of career exploration courses. All courses use project-based learning techniques with an emphasis on strengthening literacy, project management, leadership, and team building skills while also fostering creativity and innovation. Curriculum is vetted by industry professionals to ensure that the content is current and relevant.
The AOHT curriculum has received industry validation from the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) and The Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT). Academy students will have completed at least four NAF courses by graduation.
In addition to CORE curriculum Woodrow AOHT students will enroll in the following courses to complete a NAF AOHT certification:
What NAF and core courses are students expected to take as part of the academy?
|9th Grade||English I, Biology, World Geography, Algebra I, Principles of Hospitality & Tourism, Physical Education, Elective, Elective,
English I Pre-AP, Biology Pre-AP, Geometry Pre-AP, Principles of Hospitality & Tourism, Physical Education,
|10th Grade||English II, Chemistry, World History, Geometry, Hospitality Marketing, Physical Education, Elective, Elective, Elective
English II Pre-AP, Chemistry Pre-AP, Algebra II Pre-AP, Hospitality Marketing,
English III, Physics, US History, Algebra II, Sports Entertainment Marketing (.5 credit) and Sustainable Tourism (.5 credit) Elective, Elective, Elective
AP English III, Physics Pre-AP, PreCalculus, AP US History, ,) and (.5 credit) Career Preparation (3CREDITS)
English IV, Anatomy and Physiology or Environmental Systems, Government and Economics, Pre-Calculus, Customer Service (1 credit), Elective, Elective, Elective or Career Preparation (3 credits)
AP English IV, AP Chemistry, or AP Environmental Studies, Calculus, Government and Economics,), Geography for Tourism (.5 credit), Career Preparation (3 credits)
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- Join the AOHT Advisory Board
- Hire an Intern
- Mentor a Student/Teacher
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