Hospitality & Tourism Academy

The Hospitality & Tourism Academy is in collaboration with Niagara University. It is a program to be completed throughout the four years of high school. A breakdown of each year is as follows:

Freshman Year -

1. Freshman interested in this program shall visit Niagara University in October or November for a tour, visit classes, and meet to discuss the program with University Staff.

2. Application - Why do they want to be part of the Hospitality & Tourism Academy (completed prior to the end of their 1st Semester/January 31st). See attached Application. All applications shall be reviewed by Niagara Catholic and the Niagara University School of Hospitality & Tourism.

3. Maintain an 85% academic average at Niagara Catholic.

4. Will assist with the planning of a community event at Niagara Catholic, i.e. Open House, Shadow Days, Auction, etc.

5. Attend a Field Trip in the Spring to a Hospitality/Tourism location in Western New York.

Sophomore Year -

1. Attend the NU Hospitality & Tourism Advantage Program for one day in October.

2. Attend the NU Hospitality & Tourism Convocation in October - students hear from worldwide leaders. Selected to attend - limited number can attend each year.

3. Meet with NU Faculty at Niagara Catholic in January.

4. Complete a mini Hospitality & Tourism project due in March.

5. Tour 2 or 3 Hospitality & Tourism locations in Erie/Niagara County. Write a review of each visit - these reviews will be discussed with an NU staff member.

6. Will assist with the planning of a community event at Niagara Catholic, i.e. Open House, Shadow Days, Auction, etc.

7. Maintain an 85% academic average at Niagara Catholic.

Junior Year -

Shall be the same as the Sophomore year plus —

1. Take a HRT 100 Intro to Hospitality Course as a NUSTEP course at Niagara Catholic. (This course will also be open to other Niagara Catholic students as an elective.)

2. Niagara Catholic students shall work an internship and/or a summer job in the Hospitality & Tourism field. NU/NC shall work together to develop a list of possible locations. These jobs/internships shall last for a minimum of six (6) weeks. These could happen throughout the school year, after school, or during the summer. Niagara Catholic students shall have the opportunity to attend the Hospitality/ Tourism Management Career Fair in February to seek these internships.

Senior Year -

Shall be the same as the Sophomore year plus —

1. Take one Hospitality & Tourism course on the NU campus.

2. Take additional NUSTEP Courses

3. Meet with Admissions at Niagara University for acceptance at NU. Niagara Catholic students will gain a solid understanding of Hospitality & Tourism, as well as industry experience.

4. Niagara Catholic students will maintain a Portfolio which they will present to the Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Board at a date to be determined during the Spring Semester of their senior year.

 

The students who complete this program will know when they graduate from Niagara Catholic that the College of Hospitality & Tourism Management at NU is a good fit for them. Niagara Catholic students will graduate with up to one year of college course work completed with an emphasis in the area of Hospitality & Tourism.