Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism

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    Careers in the Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism cluster include working as a chef, managing a restaurant or hotel, running a catering service or working at a spa or beauty shop. Students who pursue this track gain real-world experiences through internships and mentoring opportunities, applying their classroom instruction in meaningful ways, and they give them (through licensure or certification) a head start into the profession.

    Programs in this cluster include Culinary Arts, with either a broad focus or a concentration on baking and pastry. Students can earn college credit through Baltimore International College as they learn about topics including nutrition, cost control, food marketing and sanitation, along with hands-on techniques of cooking and baking. The program is a partnership with the American Culinary Federation new window.

    In the Food and Beverage Management program, called ProStart new window, students learn about professional food preparation, international cuisines, food safety and sanitation, customer service relations, accounting, cost control and marketing. Industry-mentored work-based learning experiences give students opportunities to put their classroom learning into practice. Students can also earn college credits: up to 11  in hospitality management through the Community College of Baltimore County or, from Baltimore City Community College, 4 credits toward the dietetic technician program or 3 in Hospitality Management—Food Service.

    In the Lodging Management program, students study various aspects of the hotel industry. The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute new window designed the curriculum and offers a Certified Rooms Division Specialist credential. Students can also earn articulated college credit at Baltimore International College.

    The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism prepares students for postsecondary education and careers in one of the world’s largest service industries. All students complete an internship along with courses in the Foundations of Hospitality, Hospitality Systems, Economics, and Management.

    Students pursuing Careers in Cosmetology are instructed in the art and science of hair, skin and nail care. Hygiene, safety and sanitation are emphasized, along with related areas including human anatomy and physiology, mathematics and measurement, chemistry and salon management. The 1,500-hour program includes classroom instruction, clinical experience, related mentored work-based learning experiences and a senior capstone project. Upon successful completion of the program, students take the Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists’ Examination to gain certification.