The Hospitality and Tourism Job Training Program is currently partnering with the DoubleTree by Hilton as well as Executive Caterers. Both businesses provide real life experience to explore jobs in preparation for competitive employment in this field. Students are placed according to their PINS-Preferences, Interests, Needs and Strengths. They are expected to have the skills necessary to be independent while learning on the job. As independence grows so does the opportunity to train with minimal supports after instruction. The students enrolled work alongside employees as they develop their confidence and skill.
Students are assessed using a sixteen-point standard based rubric focusing on employability skills in the workplace. The team members collaborate with the home district to determine the continuum of services as independence emerges and the individual moves toward paid employment. Adult services such as the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and the Board of Developmental Disabilities are also utilized.
Executive Caterers training may include many facets of the food service industry. Some of these include tasks in the floral room: getting the flowers ready for arranging, preparing the decorating items, etc. Students prepare the silverware which is sorted and polished. Compiling tools for off site parties. Opportunities for students in laundry procedures include using the mangle (ironer), learning various napkin folding and table decorating techniques. Organizing the decoration rooms, putting away supplies and getting them ready for parties. Bakery preparation is also included for those interested in working with food.
The Doubletree by Hilton training includes the laundry: folding, operating washers/dryers as well as the houseman/person job: stripping linens/trash and bringing these items downstairs to be processed as well as housekeeping.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an increased understanding of successful transition from school to work and/or further education
- Demonstrate and apply independence on the job
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of their career interests and abilities in an effort to obtain and sustain employment
- Demonstrate specific skill training required to be successful at entry level jobs
- Demonstrate professional work behaviors and skills
- Develop and apply both work and life skills needed to be successful adults
- Develop and apply employability skills such as time management, grooming, following directions, work quality, etc.
- Serve Safe - Level One Food Handler Certification is offered through the National Restuarant Association