Programs in consumer services, hospitality and tourism prepare students for a variety of career options with varied educational requirements. Programs include options for students to earn industry certifications and/or college credit in the career field of their choice. Students interested in Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management, Lodging Management or Cosmetology engage in real-world experiences through internships and mentoring opportunities. This experience allows students to apply their classroom instruction in meaningful ways to give them (through licensure or certification) a head start into their profession.
This program prepares students to care for and beautify hair, skin and nails. Business management best practices are an integral part of the classroom and clinical learning experience. The 1,500 hour program includes classroom instruction, practical labs, mentored work-based learning and a capstone project. The State Board of Cosmetologists’ rules and regulations emphasize proper hygiene, safety and sanitation.
The Culinary Arts program partners with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) to prepare students for successful careers in the food and beverage industry with a focus on Culinary Arts or Professional Baking. The program includes education in food production, professional cooking, baking, cost control, nutrition, sanitation and food marketing. Students may earn ACF's Certified Junior Culinarian certification and articulated college credit through Stratford University.
In partnership with the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation (RAMEF) and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the ProStart program introduces students to a wide variety of careers within the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. Students practice professional food preparation, customer service relations, accounting, marketing, and management. Students also complete an industry-mentored work-based learning experience.
The Hospitality & Tourism Management Program (HTMP) is a nationally recognized program developed by industry experts and members of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Students enrolled in the program build business management skills related to the lodging and tourism industry. The HTMP program offers the AHLA Certified Hospitality & Tourism Management Professional (CHTMP) certification.
The HTMP CTE program enables students to acquire the Certified Hospitality & Tourism Management Professional credential from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI)