• Course Description

    Students are immersed into these exciting and people-centered career pathways to develop their skills and find their passion in event planning, retail management, social media marketing, customer service and sales, and branding from industry professionals. Students will participate in a variety of field experiences, operate a real-world, school-based business, and learn how to evolve innovative solutions to problems into validated business opportunities.

    *Juniors who complete this program can continue at Tech in the 1 Year Culinary Arts program if they choose.

  • Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment

    • Juniors: Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
    • Seniors: Minimum of 11 core credits (2.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • Credits & Certifications Offered

    High School Credit
    • 3 CTE Year One

    College Credit

    • Missouri State University, Dual Credit - 6 credits
    • St. Louis Community College - 6 credits


    • Certiport
    • CPR
    *College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
  • How Will My Time Be Spent? 

    Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time
    CTE Year One 51%-75% 26%-50%
  • Tech is Real World Learning

    Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.

    Tools & Equipment

    • Computers
    • Point of sale system
    • Calculator

    Academic Materials

    • Hospitality and Tourism Management Professional Levels 1 & 2
    • INFTE Entrepreneurship Curriculum

    Uniform Requirements

    • North Tech program collared shirt
    • Khakis or jeans (no rips)
    • Closed-toe shoes
    • Professional dress days once each month
  • Essential Skills Needed for Success

    Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.

    Core Essential Skills

    • Understand basic customer service skills

    • Have confidence in dealing and working with others

    • Have a positive demeanor and open mind

    • Be open to change and a willingness to adapt

    • Effectively demonstrate written communication to convey thoughts and ideas

    • Creativity and the ability to think outside the box to come up with new ideas or solutions to problems; willingness to try

    • Work individually and in groups; take the initiative; perform tasks without having to be told

    • Arrange things or actions in order, according to a specific set of rules; follow and complete multi-step directions

    • Understand the severity of following safety and infection control procedures

    • Have a working knowledge of computers and their usage; Basic computer knowledge

    • Ability to stand while working for long periods of time

    For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.

  • John Diffley
    Hospitality, Business, & Entrepreneurship
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    Mr. John Diffley has a bachelor’s degree in business education with certifications in business ed, physical ed, and vocational ed. Prior to joining the North Tech team, Mr. Diffley worked for the Mid-County YMCA where he oversaw the after-school childcare and day camp programs.