Hospitality Business & Entrepreneurship
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 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.
- Missouri State University, Dual Credit - 6 credits
- St. Louis Community College - 6 credits
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
- Point of sale system
- Hospitality and Tourism Management Professional Levels 1 & 2
- INFTE Entrepreneurship Curriculum
- 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.
Hospitality & Hotel Management
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Mr. Palladino began working at North Tech High in 2016 as the teacher of the International Hotel Group Academy Program. Prior to joining North Tech Mr. Palladino had worked for Hyatt Hotels for approximately 10 years in cities such as Chicago, Louisville, and St. Louis. Mr. Palladino has a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. in Hospitality Administration from Roosevelt University.