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Hospitality & Tourism Management Program Puts Out the Welcome Mat

Twenty Milford High School students were chosen for the school's new Hospitality and Tourism Management Program slated to begin next school year. The students were welcomed into the program at a breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel in Milford on January 31.

Officials at Milford High School have chosen the first cohort of students to be part of the new Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) Program slated to begin next school year.

Plans for the new HTM Program have been in the works for the past year, and will be the first of its kind in a non-vocational, public high school in Massachusetts. The program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in one of the "fastest growing industries" in the world. Students will begin the program in their junior year of high school and will be receiving a "hybrid instruction" of classroom learning, visual learning, and field study experiences. At the completion of the two-year program, the program graduates will have earned a Milford High School Diploma, a certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute (International Standard), and a Hilton Training Certification as a result of Milford High School's partnership with the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Milford.

On January 31, the 20 students accepted into the first year of the program attended a breakfast in their honor at the DoubleTree Hotel in Milford, where Milford High School Principal Carrie Banach welcomed the students to the program. Banach congratulated the students for succeeding during the rigorous application and interview process by being able to express their dedication and "sincere commitment" in becoming a pioneer for the Hospitality and Tourism industries. Banach also thanked School Superintendent Robert Tremblay for being the "champion" of the program, HTM Program Coordinator Katie Maloney, and the programs Advisory Board Members and community partners including the DoubleTree and Atlas Travel of Milford. "This is a very special and important event in the lives of our students," she said.

After the students were introduced, Maloney spoke to the students in-depth about the Hospitality and Tourism industries and on how many career areas that those industries touch. Malone also spoke about what the student's future career advancement could look like if they pursued this industry and read to them inspirational quotes from industry leaders. "This is going to be a fun program. It is going to be a lot of work, but very exciting," she said.

After the breakfast the students received a tour of the DoubleTree, one of the locations where they will be doing their field study.

School Committee Member Joesph Morias, who was in attendance for the welcome breakfast, said he was "very excited" about the launch of the new program. "We had seen the success that vocational program have had in the past. Having hands on experience will provide a unique learning experience for our students," he said. Morias expressed confidence that the program would be successful and said that he looks forward to seeing it grow in the future.

After the event, Banach said that the kick-off was "well received" by the students in the program. "The students came back very excited and energized about it," she said.

Administrators are currently working on customized schedules for the students in the program, which will begin at the start of the 2014/2015 school year.


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