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Hospitality and Tourism

nullThe Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster® focuses on the management, marketing, and operation of restaurants and other food/beverage services, lodging, attractions, recreation events, and travel-related services. Students acquire knowledge and skills focusing on communication, time management, and customer service that meet industry standards. Students will explore the history of the hospitality and tourism industry and examine the characteristics needed for success.

Programs of study

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts Program of Study

The Culinary Arts program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to planning, directing, or coordinating activities of a food and beverage organization or department. This program of study also explores opportunities involved in directing and participating in the preparation and cooking of food.

Course pathways

Note: These programs are offered at all GISD campuses and the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelCampus pathwayGRCTC pathway
18I100
Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

8I100
Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

8I120
Introduction to Culinary Arts

28I120
Introduction to Culinary Arts
8I900, 8I905 DC
Culinary Arts
38I450
Food Science
8I910, 8I915 DC
Advanced Culinary Arts
48Q360 (2 credits)
Career Preparation I
8I920, 8I925 DC
Practicum in Culinary Arts

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Food Service Managers$55,6191,56128%
Chef and Head Cooks$43,2851,36625%
Food Science Technicians$34,38223611%
Food and Beverage Managers$55,6191,56128%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Certified Fundamentals Cook
  • Certified Fundamentals Pastry Cook
  • ServSafe Manager**
  • ManageFirst Professional
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Chef
  • Foodservice Management Professional
  • Comprehensive Food Safety
  • Certified Food and Beverage Executive
Associate's Degree
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Restaurant Culinary and Catering Management
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Bachelor's Degree
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Food Service Systems Administration/Management
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Culinary Science and Food Service Management
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Hotel and Restaurant Manager
  • Food Service Systems Administration/Management
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Business Administration Management, General

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at GISD Campuses and the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • American Culinary Federation
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
  • SkillsUSA
  • Texas Restaurant Association
Work-based learning activities
  • Plan a catering event or work for a catering company
  • Participate in a cooking course
  • Work in a restaurant
  • Cook at home
Lodging and Resort Management

Lodging and Resort Management Program of Study

The Lodging and Resort Management program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to the logistical and operational management of lodging and resorts. This program of study also explores opportunities related to human resources, financial analysis and marketing.

Course pathways

Note: These programs are offered at all GISD campuses and the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelCampus pathwayGRCTC pathway
18I100
Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
8I100
Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
28I230
Travel and Tourism Management

8I230
Travel and Tourism Management

38I220
Hotel Management

8I220
Hotel Management

8I940
Hospitality Services

48Q360 (2 credits)
Career Preparation I
8I950
Practicum in Hospitality Services

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
General and Operations Managers $107,64018,67920%
Lodging Managers$48,38139619%
Administrative Services Managers$96,1382,27721%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Certified Hospitality & Tourism Management Professional
  • Certified Associate in Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • ServSafe Manager**
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Hospitality Supervisor
  • Certified Hotel Administrator
  • Certified in Hotel Industry Analytics
  • Certified Guest Service Professional
Associate's Degree
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management
  • Business Administration and Management
Bachelor's Degree
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Marketing/Management, General
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Hospitality Administration
  • Marketing/Management, General

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at GISD Campuses and the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • American Hotel and Lodging Association
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Work-based learning activities
  • Intern at a resort or lodging property
  • Work at a hotel, summer camp or theme park
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Graduation planning

Endorsement: Business & Industry

See course descriptions and additional information on the high school course descriptions page.