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Tremblay Updates Committee on Hospitality Management Program

An initial assembly with this year's 10th grade students will be held on November 5 to explain the new program and will include guest speakers from within the industry. Tremblay said the assembly will be followed by a parent presentation on November 12 to explain the program to the families of perspective students.





Superintendent of Milford Public Schools Bob Tremblay presented an update on the proposed Hospitality and Tourism Management Program to the School Committee during the September 26 meeting.

The new program, which would be slated to start during the 2014-15 school year, will give students an opportunity to "have experience with every area of hospitality." Tremblay walked through his program overview with the Committee Members, reminding them that this program is the "first of its kind" in a comprehensive, non-vocational High School in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The "hybrid" approach would include a field study experience with Milford High School's (MHS) program partner, the Doubletree by Hilton and coursework during the two years.

Tremblay said the program is designed for students who want to work in the hospitality industry, or ones that "want to have a leg up" once they graduate. Tremblay told the Committee that aside from a high school diploma, students in this program will receive an American Hotel and Lodging certification, which he says is known worldwide, along with a Hilton training certification. "If you are a high school student going through this [program], you are already leaving with a good resume," said Tremblay.

Students would begin the program in grade 11, and would be committed to the program for two years. An initial assembly with this year's 10th grade students will be held on November 5 to explain the new program and will include guest speakers from within the industry. Tremblay said the assembly will be followed by a parent presentation on November 12 to explain the program to the families of perspective students. Tremblay told the Committee that there will be an application window from November 12-26 which will include a written application and screening process including interviews with the program's Advisory Council. He added although the program is still a "work in progress," he expects to have a group of 20 students in the program, with 20 more on the waiting list.

Although School Committee members expressed support, some expressed concerns about funding. "I love the idea, I love the energy you have around it. My concern is, we have to be able to pay for this too," said School Committee Member Scott Harrison.

Tremblay said funding for the 2014/2015 school year will come from a $30,000 Perkins Grant that the school receives annually for vocational use, which in the past has been used to purchase supplies and equipment for the photography, graphic design, and early childhood education programs. Because those programs have been established for over four years, Tremblay felt that the money could be shifted to the Hospitality program without issue. Tremblay told the Committee, however, that going forward starting with the 2015/2016 school year, the cost of the program would have to be added to the school budget, though he said he is still looking into applying for Chapter 74 (vocational training) funding for the program. "The timing is perfect; we have a year to put an application for the Chapter 74 funding," said Tremblay. He added, "I am really excited about this."

Members of the School Committee agreed with Tremblay's statement. "This could dovetail into potentially limitless opportunities for our students," said School Committee Member Patrick Holland.




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